Tanzania presidential election to be held on October 28

Electoral commission says campaigns to kick off on August 26 and end October 27.

    The president, who took office in 2015 promising to crack down on corruption and expand the country's road and railway network, has been accused of narrowing freedoms and increasing authoritarianism.

    im????During his first term, newspapers have been shut down, and the work of non-governmental organisations has been severely restricted, with rights groups and opposition parties accusing Magufuli's government of curbing human rights. The government has denied seeking to stifle dissent.

    Meanwhile, opposition politicians and critics in recent month have accused authorities of covering up the true extent of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Tanzania has not updated its number of virus cases since late April, and Magufuli has declared COVID-19 defeated. The president has recommended prayer, exercise and herbal medicines as the best ways to combat the pandemic, but also reminds Tanzanians to wash their hands regularly.

    On Monday, Magufuli reiterated his claim that Tanzania has no COVID-19 patients, and urged international tourists to visit the East African country.

    im????"That's why we are all not wearing face masks here. You think we don't fear dying? It's because there is no COVID-19," he said.

    Can journalists report freely in Tanzania?

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    Can journalists report freely in Tanzania?

    SOURCE: News agencies