“Bulldozing” the media

Abuses against journalists and media outlets – including suspensions and closures, threats, attacks, and arrests – are frequent, especially during elections. The climate has not improved since John Magufuli’s election as president in 2015. Nicknamed the “Bulldozer,” he tolerates no criticism of himself or his program. There has been a wave of laws, including the Cyber Security Act, the Media Services Act, and the Statistics Act, that criminalize the dissemination of information. The authorities are now targeting online information, which is freer. The founder of the country’s most popular website for whistle-blowers, JamiiForums, is now being prosecuted for refusing to identify its sources.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



71 in 2016

Global score


28.65 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
Go to the barometre