Petition | President Kikwete: Uphold Tanzania's freedom of press, internet, inquiry, and dissent
Draconian new censorship laws will repress political freedom, academic inquiry, conservation, and the free flow of ideas in Tanzania. Please urge President Kikwete not to sign these into law!
- A “Statistics Bill” makes it illegal to disseminate information that does not agree with the government’s own Bureau of Statistics. Academics, conservationists, and human rights activists could face jail time for publishing anything not approved or officially released by the government.
- The “Cybercrimes Act” makes it a crime to share information that is “deceptive, misleading or inaccurate,” even to receive such information.
- Other bills that would further repress freedoms and give the government excessive power are also being considered.