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Tanzania Drops Threat of Prison Over Publishing Independent Statistics

Expand Part of the city of Dar es Salaam is seen from an airplane, in Tanzania, March 20, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Ben Curtis Last week, Tanzania’s Parliament passed an amendment to its troubling Statistics Act, which removes a threat of prison for civil society groups that publish independent statistical information. The Statistics Act of 2015 made it a crime for people in Tanzania to publish “false official statistics” or to disseminate information that would result in the “distortion of facts.” In 2017, police arrested opposition politician Zitto Kabwe for violating the law for remarks he…

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