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Tanzania Govt suspends Journalist for 6 Month over Covid-19 story

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The Tanzania government has suspended a journalist for running a COVID-19 story.

Talib Ussi Hamad who worked for a newspaper, Tanzania Daima was ordered not to carry out any journalistic roles for the next six months for flouting Media Laws.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Media, Tourism and Culture, Hamad wrote a story about a coronavirus patient without consent.

“Writer Talib Ussi Hammad spread the story of a coronavirus patient without consent. This is also in contrary to the principles that govern the medical field,” the statement read in part.

The government said the writer was not allowed to gather or disseminate information and to carry out any media role for a period of six months.

This came amid rising cases of the number of cases which stand at 170 after the government announced 23 more cases of the disease.

The health ministry said all the new cases were from Zanzibar which had also lost two people to the disease.

Twenty-one of the new cases were Tanzanians while one was a France national and another from Cuba.

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