“Bulldozing” the media

Nicknamed the “Bulldozer,” John Magufuli has tolerated no criticism of himself or his policies since becoming president in 2015. Privately-owned radio stations and newspapers are often suspended and the dissemination of information has been criminalized in a wave of new laws. The founder of JamiiForums, a popular website for whistleblowers, is being prosecuted for refusing to identify anonymous contributors to the site who have exposed cases of alleged corruption involving companies close to the government. In March 2017, President Magufuli openly defended a governor who had stormed into a privately-owned radio station accompanied by policemen and forced it to broadcast a recording incriminating one of his opponents. A journalist who was investigating the murders of local officials has been missing since November 2017.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



83 in 2017

Global score


30.65 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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