In Summary
  • Erick Kabendera's incarceration has drawn international opprobrium and added to rising concerns about press freedom in Tanzania, where President John Magufuli has cracked down on critics since coming to power in 2015.
  • The charges levelled at Kabendera, a reporter for local and international press outlets known for his coverage of Magufuli's administration, have changed three times since his arrest at his home by plainclothes police.
  • Late Wednesday, RSF in a statement mentioned that Kabendera's relatives had expressed grave concerns about his health.

Nairobi, 

Lawyers of a detained Tanzanian journalist urged a court Thursday to let their client see a doctor, saying his health had deteriorated behind bars since being arrested in July.

Erick Kabendera's incarceration has drawn international opprobrium and added to rising concerns about press freedom in Tanzania, where President John Magufuli has cracked down on critics since coming to power in 2015.

The charges levelled at Kabendera, a reporter for local and international press outlets known for his coverage of Magufuli's administration, have changed three times since his arrest at his home by plainclothes police.

"Our client is sick, has difficulty walking due to paralysis of his right foot, and has difficulty breathing at night," Kabendera's lawyer Jebra Kambole told a court in Dar es Salaam.

"We therefore ask the Court to order the prison services to allow him to be examined in any public hospital so that we know what he is suffering from."

Prosecutor Simon Wankyo told the court that Kabendera was receiving medical care in prison.

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