NGOs operating in Tanzania are bracing for the big chill: draconian new laws will criminalize activists for disseminating anything the government deems inconvenient or embarrassing – including reports implicating government officials in wildlife crime. Call on President Kikwete to repeal the laws now.
A free flow of information is crucial to effective conservation work and the fight against poaching. Yet Tanzania's new laws could be used to silence independent efforts to safeguard wildlife and guarantee human rights. If they remain in place, President Kikwete will go down in history as a protector of the poachers. [.....]