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Tanzania: Government Clamps Down On Misleading Social Media Posts Regarding COVID-19


Aug. 6, 2020, 1:58 p.m.

The Government of Tanzania has launched a crackdown on social media posts it perceives as misleading and inciteful in regards to the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The President John Magufuli-led government, in a poster seen by Citizen Digital, urged the country’s citizens to report any such posts they see in their WhatsApp groups or any other social platforms.

The citizens were directed to take photos of the messages including contacts of the senders and forward to the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).

“Ukipokea au ukiona ujumbe unaochocha, kuzusha au kupotosha taarifa za corona katika group lako au lolote lingine mtandanoni, piga picha ujumbe huo na namba ya aliyetuma na utume TCRA…,” read the poster.

This is translated as: “When you receive information that incites or is misleading regarding COVID-19 in your groups or any other social media platform, take a photo and send the information to the TCRA.”

This not the first time Tanzania is muzzling information being shared on social media. In 2018, the country signed law regulations that govern social media use and blogging. There have also been reports of people being arrested for their actions on social media

The crackdown on misleading social media posts regarding the virus comes after the President recently declared Tanzania coronavirus free saying “we decided to pray to God to save us from the virus, God has answered our prayers.”

He hence ordered the resumption of school as well as international flights urging tourists that as well as international flights urging tourists that “Tanzania is safe.”

The Tanzania government has since further issued guidelines for obtaining coronavirus clearance certificates to both citizens and foreigners who wish to travel to countries where the documents are a necessity.

Source: Citizen Digital

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