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Court Deals Blow to Tanzanian Leader's Tightened Media Laws

  • East African Court of Justice says media act must be revised
  • President Magufuli accused of clampdown on dissent since 2015
John Magufuli
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An East African court demanded Tanzania rescind some of President John Magufuli’s most controversial legislation, potentially setting back what critics say is his wide-ranging crackdown on dissent.

Thursday’s ruling by the East African Court of Justice strikes down much of Tanzania’s Media Services Act, passed in 2016, including jail terms for those found guilty of publishing information deemed to threaten national security or the economy. The court, the judicial arm of the six-country East African Community, said the act must be revised to meet the bloc’s principles.