Tanzania - Police raid independent weekly and editor's home

    MONTREAL, July 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders condemns raids
by the police on Mwanahalisi, a weekly based in Dar es Salaam, and the home of
its editor, Saeed Kubenea, on 18 July. The head of the criminal investigation
department said they were in response to a complaint by the National Bank of
Commerce about the publication of the bank data of some of its clients.
    "This police intrusion into the offices of an independent newspaper is
disturbing and surprising in a country where the press normally enjoys real
freedom," Reporters Without Borders said. "To respect media freedom and
independence, the Tanzanian police and judicial authorities must guarantee
freedom of information and the confidentiality of journalists' sources."
    Four uniformed police inspectors arrived with a warrant at Mwanahalisi at
3 p.m. on 18 July, seized a computer and questioned Kubenea. They then carried
out a search of his home.
    Acid was thrown at Kubenea and Mwanahalisi deputy editor Ndimara
Tegambwage in January by two men who forced their way into the newspaper's
premises. Two suspects were arrested but the police are still investigating
the attack.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Directrice générale -
Secretary General, Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111,
rsfcanada@rsf.org, www.rsfcanada.org

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