Tanzania Journalist Arrested Over ‘Fake News’ About Alleged Police Abuse Of Suspects In Custody


A journalist has been arrested in Tanzania accused of publishing fake news about alleged police abuse of suspects in custody.

Joseph Gandye works for Watetezi TV, a station established last year by the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC).

THRDC issued a statement condemning Gandye’s arrest, saying he was being held at a police station in the main city of Dar es Salaam.

Watetezi TV tweeted Friday morning that he was being taken to Iringa in central Tanzania.

Iringa is where he did a report earlier in August for Watetezi TV about alleged police maltreatment of suspects in custody.

THRDC said the police in Iringa had responded to the report with a warning that “issue false and misleading reports that aim at degrading the Tanzanian police force and the government as a whole” would not be tolerated.