CCM's dismissal of MCL journalist met with backlash

Wednesday September 30 2015

Chama Cha Mapinduzi has asked a Mwananchi

Chama Cha Mapinduzi has asked a Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL) journalist attached to  Dr John Magufuli campaign entourage to leave, apparently over claims of unfavourable coverage of the party’s presidential candidate. 

By Gadiosa Lamtey,The Citizen Correspondent

Dar es Salaam. CCM's dismissal of a Mwananchi Communication Limited (MCL) journalist, Peter Elias from Magufuli's campaign entourage over unfavorable coverage has been met with condemnation from media stakeholders and activists. 

 Activists state that the act is unethical and deprives the public of their right to accurate information and the media its right to disseminating such information.  

 Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) Secretary Neville Meena today told The Citizen that the  CCM's actions infringe on media freedom and would not be acceptable in any country. 

“What we see now is that CCM have become the editors who tell us  what to publish and what not to," he said adding: 

"CCM should accept the reality that not all Tanzanians are in love with them, instead of dropping journalists from their campaign they should help them to obtain more information.” 

He added that TEF will give a statement concerning the incident to ensure others like it will not happening in the future.