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Mwanahalisitumerudi

After a three-year ban, the investigative weekly, MwanaHALISI has hit newsstands with a screaming headline – “ we are back” ( Tumerudi) following a High Court ruling to lift the ban.

The weekly which before the ban on July 30,2012 was being published on Wednesdays, this time around it came out on Monday September 21, 2015.

In an editorial the paper stated that their freedom which was snatched by the authorities has been restored.

The High Court has unlocked the lock to allow the people’s newspaper – MwanaHALISI- to return on the streets- to be printed and circulated.

The paper thanked the High Court for clearing it against the accusations leveled against it and restoring its deserved right.

The people’s paper, the editorial went on that it was gagged in the midst of crucial events of national interest such as the kidnapping, torture of a prominent leader of the association of doctors who was later dumped in a forest on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.

Now that it is unbanned, the newspaper has pledged to continue publishing indepth and well investigated news without ‘fixing’or favouring anyone.

“We pledge to work as we had always been doing… we ask for your cooperation and we won’t let you down”, the editorial concluded.

The ban on the paper was lifted in a historic ruling by High Court judge, Justice Salvatory Bongole on September 4, 2015 in which he said the minister for information breached procedures for banning the newspaper as it was not given the right to be heard.

Reacting to the court decision, the Executive Secretary of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT), Kajubi Mukajanga, said that Justice has been served and “I think this should be a warning to all those who want to use obsolete laws to suppress press freedom and other basic freedoms entrenched in the constitution”.

He congratulated Mwanahalisi for the victory and ask the establishment of the paper to concentrate on their work bearing in mind ethics and highest professional standards.

On his part the President of the Governing B oard of MCT Justice Thomas Mihayo  said the judgment would serve as a notice to the government on handling the media.

He said that the 1976 Newspaper Act that has been used to ban newspapers does not even provide benchmarks to the minister for taking such action adding that it simply depends on the whims of the minister.

He reminded that he has always been urging media to take the court option as the existing laws contravene the constitution and basic human rights.

After Mwanahalisi was banned , its publishers – Hali Halisi company began producing it on line and started another paper with the title Mawio ostensibly to fill the void left by the banned popular newspaper.

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