By James Anyanzwa
The Committee to Protect Journalists has put a spotlight on Kenya and Tanzania over their treatment of the media in the past few months.
The Committee and 64 civil society groups from around the world want the Tanzania government to address the deteriorating environment for media, human rights defenders and opposition party members.
They also urge Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law the Cybercrimes Bill that was passed by parliament in April, saying it was intended to stifle press freedom in the country.
In a letter to Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, CPJ and the human-rights organisations, urge the government to recognise “the essential role that a vibrant civil society and an independent media play in creating peaceful and equal societies.”