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Tanzania warns local journalists against quoting foreigners

November 27, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania’s government spokesman is warning local media that the government will take action against them for quoting foreigners.

Hassan Abbasi issued the threat Wednesday after the United States and United Kingdom expressed concerns about irregularities in the local elections held Sunday in Tanzania.

The U.S. Embassy said in a statement that election officials overwhelmingly excluded opposition candidates during the election process

British Ambassador Sarah Cooke said the lack of accreditation for credible domestic observers, the coordinated disqualification of opposition candidates and the opposition’s decision to boycott the vote had denied Tanzanians the opportunity to decide local leaders in a free fair and transparent manner.

During four years in power, the administration of Tanzanian President John Magufuli has stifled independent journalism and severely restricted the activities of non-governmental groups.