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Report says anti-media attacks in Tanzania on rise

August 6, 2013

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A media watchdog says that a rise in anti-press attacks and repressive laws is sowing fear and self-censorship among journalists in Tanzania.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday that the East African country has seen a spike in attacks against journalists over the last year, including the killing of a cameraman by a police officer while covering an opposition political rally.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said the attacks call into question Tanzania’s international image as being committed to transparency and democracy.

The report said assailants cut off a finger and pierced the eye of an editor during an attack in which the assailants left behind his iPad and cash-filled wallet. No arrests have been made.

A request for comment from Tanzania’s Ministry of Information wasn’t immediately responded to.

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