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If you are a subscriber to Index on Censorship, turn to around the middle of the magazine and…

If you are a subscriber to Index on Censorship, turn to around the middle of the magazine and you’ll find a feature by me and Erick Kabandera. 

I met Erick last year, when I was travelling around Tanzania as a fellow of the International Reporting Project. Erick was the fixer for our group, and, it quickly emerged, a brilliant reporter as well.

We came up for the idea of a feature about this UK government-funded project to support investigative journalism as we were trundling around the country in a series of safari vehicles, chatting away about the stories we were working on and the trials and tribulations of working in Tanzania as a journalist.

As the IRP group travelled about, Tanzanian journalists were in the midst of a particularly tough time. The government had just suspended two of the country’s newspapers for publishing seditious materials. But, talking to Erick, it quickly emerged that such direct acts of censorship were not the only problems for journalists. Lack of resources, particularly for rural reporters, direct attacks on journalists, all these things are facts of life for Tanzanian journalists.

I’m really proud of the feature we came up with together – please do check it out if you manage to get a copy of Index. 

(The feature is only in the print edition.)

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