Six Tanzanian journalists were detained and questioned for at least 3 hours inside the state-run Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) on February 3, 2022.
The journalists, Amina Ngahewa (Mwananchi Digital), Allan Isack (Nipashe), Profit Mmanga (Wasafi TV), Apolo Benjamin (Daily News Digital), Janeth Mushi (Mwananchi) and Julias Sagati (StarTV), were stopped at two gates by NCAA wardens and policemen and questioned after covering a village meeting inside the wildlife sanctuary.
MISA-Tanzania reached out to the journalists who explained that they were held up at the NCAA gates for several hours and questioned by authorities, despite producing their identity cards and park entry tickets.
When contacted by MISA-Tanzania, NCAA confirmed the incident, saying the journalists did not follow proper procedure.
Journalists must seek accreditation from the NCAA Conservation Commissioner before conducting any media-related work inside the park, according to the NCAA.
MISA-Tanzania urges authorities in Tanzania and all stakeholders to desist from interfering in the work of media practitioners.
The Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania requires everyone to respect and uphold media freedom and access to information.
We also urge journalists to follow all necessary procedures when covering certain events, including seeking accreditation where necessary.
Source: MISA Zimbabwe