MIT GOV/LAB – December 2018
Two South African journalists from the Committee to Protect Journalists were unexpectedly detained in Tanzania last month. The pair traveled to Dar es Salaam to investigate the challenges the Tanzanian press face under an increasingly hostile regime; their understanding became uncomfortably clear when they were arrested and later released for allegedly violating the terms of their visas by holding meetings with local journalists. This incident was just the latest in a series of journalist detentions and beatings by Tanzanian police.
Tanzanian civil society has felt the government’s tightening grip and had to restrategize in order to continue working under a regime that is actively closing civic space. Risha Chande, Director of Communications for Twaweza recently spoke at the MIT-Africa forum and described this approach as “walking the line.” How can civil society organizations navigate an increasingly dangerous political landscape while still keeping their commitment to the public to advocate for civic freedom?