Tanzanian journalist’s case postponed again

Tanzanian investigative journalist Erick Kabendera arrives at the Kisutu Residents Magistrate Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Herman - RC187ABB6330

The case against detained Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera, who was arrested in August, has been postponed again, this time to 7 November.

Prosecutor say investigations are not complete.

Two weeks ago, Mr Kabendera’s lawyers, from the Tanzania Human Right Defenders Coalition, told a court in Dar es Salaam that their client had written to the country’s public prosecutor to initiate a plea bargain.

Mr Kabendera, a top investigative journalist who has written for many international media including the, is facing charges of money laundering, tax evasion and leading a criminal organisation.

His lawyers have denied the charges, saying they are politically motivated.

His case has attracted international attention and government critics say his arrest is an example of the shrinking space for media freedom of expression in the country.

The government has dismissed the allegations.

Dominica Nwabufo