Tanzania Govt suspends Journalist for 6 Month over Covid-19 story
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.
Tanzania has suspended a journalist for running a COVID-19 story pic.twitter.com/aZmOhPVxQg
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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.
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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.