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Tanzania Bans Domestic Broadcasters From Airing Foreign-made Content Without State Permission

President John Magufuli. PHOTO/ COURTESY

The Tanzanian government has banned all domestic licensed broadcasters from carrying foreign-made content without state permission.

The new directive is part of the revised guidelines issued by the country’s Communications Regulatory Authority.

After obtaining permission to air content from international media houses like BBC, DW and CNN, the authority details that the licensed broadcasters will take responsibility for any content deemed “unsuitable”.

“Baada ya kupata kibali cha kujiunga na mtoa huduma mwingine wa maudhui. Mwenye leseni atawajibika kwa maudhui yoyote yasiyozingatia sheria na kanuni izi,” the government said.

The new regulations further require a government official to accompany any local journalist when covering a story with a foreigner.

To further regulate the media in the country, the authority further defined watershed period as hours from 12.00am to 5am. This is the period when broadcasters can air content only suitable for adults.

The authority stated that the new regulations are aimed at l”improving content” local content.

“Kanuni hizo zimelenga kuboresha huduma za maudhui ya Redio na Televisheni pamoja na usimamiza wake kutokana na uzoefu uliopatikana kwa kipindi cha miaka miwili toka kanauni za zamani zilipoanza kutumika mwaka 2018, ” the authority added.

Failure to adhere to the regulations, the government said, licensed media houses shall be fined.

Some of the journalists working with foreign media houses termed the new regulations as punitive and aimed at restricting international media from covering the October General Elections.

President John Pombe Magufuli is seeking re-election and will be facing off with renowned opposition chief Tundu Lissu.

The Magufuli-led regime has been accused of having taken control of the local media by frustrating journalists who dare to question the government.

Magufuli has also been criticized over attempt to stifle opposition through intimidations and arrests.

“Tanzania will hold its elections in October. Under the new law, foreign correspondents cannot work with local journalist and fixers – unless a government official is with them wherever they go, ” BBC journalist Ferdinand Omondi tweeted.

He added, “The Tanzanian government has already cracked down on domestic journalists. They have been intimidated, banned, and even jailed. Now, it seems state is training guns on the foreign press, seeking total control of the content Tanzania citizens consume.”


Business Economy

Uchumi To Be Auctioned If It Fails To Pay Ksh 4.7 Billion Debt In Six Months

Uchumi To Be Auctioned If It Fails To Pay Ksh4.7 Billion Debt In Six Months
Uchumi To Be Auctioned If It Fails To Pay Ksh4.7 Billion Debt In Six Months-uchumi hyper [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Cash strapped Uchumi Supermarket has been given six months to pay over 100 suppliers Ksh4.7 billion debt or face auction.

Last week, Justice Mary Kasango allowed the implementation of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) that 121 suppliers agreed to in March, that will see them take a 70 percent loss.

In the out of court agreement that had initially been opposed by UBA Bank, the retailer will form a committee to ensure the payments are made on time.

Justice Kasango ruled that all money claims currently before court be suspended to allow the payments to be made, failure to which Uchumi’s assets will be auctioned and the retailer evicted by landlords.

“In the event the company defaults…. A person may take steps to enforce a security over the company’s property only with the consent of the supervisor or with the approval of this Honourable Court; A person may take steps to repossess goods in the company’s possession under a credit purchase transaction only with the consent of the supervisor or with the approval of this Honourable Court…”

“…The company’s landlords may exercise a right of forfeiture by peaceable re-entry in relation to premises let to the company only with consent of the Supervisor or with the approval of this Honourable court,” the court papers read.

Out of the 152 creditors who met Uchumi in March, 121 voted to implement the CVA, 28 opposed it while three votes were spoilt.

The 121 creditors will be paid Ksh1.05 billion out of the Ksh3.5 billion they are owed, according to the agreement.

The rest are owed Ksh1.2 billion, and will be forced to abide by the agreement made through majority vote, by receiving 30 percent (Ksh355 million) of what they are owed.

In its recovery plans, Uchumi was planning to sell a 20-acre piece of land in Roysambu for Ksh2.8 billion, before the Kenya Defence Forces claimed the land and occupied it in April 2019.