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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Freedom of Expression

  • KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Freedom of Expression


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Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) has produced this handbook as an informational tool for interested and affected stakeholders. The handbook presents a general overview of the key concepts on Freedom of Expression, taking into account both national and international standards. It includes information gathered from various sources including LHRC’s internal legal analyses, legal analyses by the International Center for Not-for- Profit Law, and relevant research websites and international human rights reports.

The handbook examines the pillars of Freedom of Expression and discusses legitimate restrictions on it. It then provides information on laws and regulations that have an impact on Freedom of Expression in Tanzania, namely, the Cybercrimes Act, 2015; Media Services Act, 2016; Statistics Act, 2015; Access to Information Act, 2016; and the Electronic and Postal Communication Act (Online Content) Regulations, 2018, all in light of existing international standards on Freedom of Expression. It later highlights key concerns that need to be addressed for better promotion and protection of the right to Freedom of Expression in Tanzania.

The handbook is intended as a self-study guide and a reference for lawyers, paralegals, human rights defenders, journalists, politicians, government officials, students, and any other interested reader.

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