Chief government spokesperson of Tanzania Gerson Msigwa has confirmed that the directive by President Samia Suluhu was on media houses and not newspapers.
Mr. Gerson was speaking a day after the President directed the re-opening of banned media houses and newspaper but called on the government to ensure that they follow the law.
“The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan has directed that only Online Televisions banned, should be reprieved and not newspapers which were banned per the law.” Said Gerson
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She was speaking as she overturned a decision by her predecessor the late President John Pombe Magufuli who was accused of silencing the media and most importantly those against his regime.
The late President was against the COVID-19 danger, a decision that is set to be overturned by President Samia Suluhu who said a special committee will be formed to look into the virus.
Under Samia, experts believe that she will bring the much needed changes especially on matters COVID-19 that is believed to have spread even though the government stopped publishing the cases.