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9 Tanzanian journalists suspended over fake Trump news

A popular Tanzanian television station has suspended one of its top presenters alongside eight others, for disseminating fake news in which US President Donald Trump praised Tanzanian president John Magufuli.

In the fake article which was published last week, it reported that Trump hailed Magufuli for his fight against corruption, presenting him as ‘an African hero’ and an example to other regional leaders accused of ‘doing nothing’.

In a statement released by the head of the channel, Ayub Rioba Chacha, he said TBC1 regret ‘a lack of professionalism which led to the dissemination of false information.’ The nine employees involved, including celebrated reporter/presenter Gabriel Zacharia, would have avoided the problem if they had stuck to the editorial rules, he added.

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