Tanzanian government has suspended Mwanahalisi newspaper accusing it of sedition and endangering national security.

It is learned the independent newspaper published a letter of a reader containing insults against the president and his government.

Government spokesperson Hassan Abbasi said the publication had been warned earlier several times too in past on several occasions like thrice in 2008 and in 2012 as well as in 2015.

The published letter of a reader says that the president “claims to be a patriot but questions the patriotism of anyone who opposes him. This is hypocritical.”

Referring to the regular calls of Magufuli for people to pray for him the letter asks whether isn’t they need to pray for opposition lawmaker Tundu Lissu who was shot earlier this month and was injured.

According to the government the letter is a violation of principles and ethics of journalistic profession.

Abbasi added, “Government is suspending printing and publication of the Mwanahalisi newspaper for 24 months.”

Earlier this year the government had banned weekly Mawio paper for two years following it linked two former presidents to dubious mining contracts.

Magufuli became president about a year ago and since then has banned opposition rallies, shut down newspapers, switched off live broadcasts of parliamentary sessions and taken several other severe steps. He is called as bulldozer by the opposition.

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Tanzanian government has suspended Mwanahalisi newspaper accusing it of sedition and endangering national security. It is learned the independent newspaper published a letter of a reader containing insults against the president and his government. Government spokesperson Hassan Abbasi said the publication had been warned earlier several times too in past on...