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Stories about Tanzania

22 September 2019

Zanzibar's one and only music academy on the brink of closure

For the 1,800 talented students who have trained at the DCMA, this is the only musical home they know, where they can learn and grow as professional musicians and artists.

16 September 2019

Street-side vendors of Zanzibar’s iconic ‘kanga’ textiles forced to close up shop after 30 years

Kanga sellers in Stone Town, Zanzibar, were told their street-side stalls are "unauthorized informal businesses" that clutter passageways, impinge on Stone Town's original charm and reduces its value.

8 August 2019

Kenyan MP and her baby ordered out of parliament: ‘What was I supposed to do? Miss my duties?’

"I had an emergency, so what was I supposed to do? Miss parliament and my duties — just because I have a baby?"

7 August 2019

Tanzanian journalist faces trumped-up charges after abduction and detention

Advox

Freelance ournalist Erick Kabendera has written critically of Tanzanian President John Magufuli's increasingly repressive administration. Yesterday, authorities charged him with economic crimes, but critics say his only "crime" is journalism.

2 August 2019

Tech innovators in Tanzania connect 5,000 tutors with students in new online platform

Rising Voices

Smartclass, a new online platform that connects tutors to students of all ages, is changing the learning environment in Tanzania.

23 July 2019

Is Mandarin Chinese the language of East Africa’s future?

As China strengthens its already robust trade and infrastructural ties with Africa, Chinese-government funded Confucius Institutes to teach Chinese Mandarin are on the rise.

9 July 2019

As Tanzania bans plastic bags, activists launch 300 youth environmental clubs in Dar es Salaam

These environmental activists teach young people in Dar es Salaam about the importance of nature conservation and the threat of single-use plastic on the environment.

8 July 2019

‘No Visa Mix': Tanzanian singeli stars denied visas to US music festival

"For those of you who still think of artists escaping to America, think about it again. It doesn’t make sense and you’ll lose the chance to see amazing performances."

29 June 2019

Tanzania reinstates controversial sanitary pad tax

Bringing back the tax on sanitary pads in Tanzania has triggered a major debate on the impact it will have on girls and women.

11 June 2019

In Tanzania, advocates pressure police to investigate ‘teleza’ rapes and robberies

Women in Kigoma, Tanzania, say armed men have terrorized their communities for years, but little has been done to investigate, arrest or prosecute — until now.

26 April 2019

Tanzanian authorities detain and deport Ugandan human rights leader

Advox

Human Rights Watch says Tanzania has witnessed "a marked decline in respect for free expression, association and assembly" under the current government.

28 March 2019

Tanzania's opposition ‘heavyweights’ are bouncing back to the ruling party

In recent years, defectors from the leading opposition party, CHADEMA, include four members of parliament, 75 councilors and several village chairmen, who have all joined CCM, the ruling party.

5 February 2019

An owl refuses to leave Tanzanian parliament. What does it all mean?

The owl appeared while legislators were signing a controversial amendment limiting opposition voices in Tanzania. Could the owl be an omen signaling the death of democracy in Tanzania?

31 December 2018

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

Advox

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

28 December 2018

2018 across sub-Saharan Africa: Our favorite stories of epic change and transformation

From long-time leaders stepping down to citizens rising up, a cautious hope surges alongside the continuous struggle. Here are our favorite stories from across Africa in 2018.

15 November 2018

Netizen Report: Tanzania’s crackdown on free speech targets media advocates from CPJ

Advox

Committee to Protect Journalists staffers were detained in Tanzania, China is flagging fake news on Weibo and activists across Africa face arrest on defamation charges.

12 November 2018

Tanzania's stance on homosexuality points to an increasingly repressive political agenda

Even if Tanzania sorts out its mixed messages on homosexuality and human rights — there are other challenges keeping the foreign affairs minister up at night.

12 October 2018

Why are African governments criminalising online speech? Because they fear its power.

Advox

The noise we make on digital platforms scares oppressive regimes. In some cases, it can even force them to rescind their actions.

14 September 2018

Netizen Report: Internet taxes are sweeping sub-Saharan Africa — and silencing citizens

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.