Nairobi — An independent Tanzanian newspaper has been suspended for two years, a government spokesperson said on Tuesday, accusing the publication of sedition and endangering national security. The critical Mwanahalisi newspaper was shut after publishing a letter on Monday from a reader containing "insults" against President John Magufuli and his government, said spokesperson Hassan Abbasi. Abbasi said the paper had received several warnings. The daily has been shuttered on several occasions in the past — for three months in 2008 and then three years between 2012 and 2015. The offending letter said that Magufuli "claims to be a patriot but questions the patriotism of anyone who opposes him. This is hypocritical". Mocking Magufuli’s regular calls for people to pray for him, the article asks if one should not rather pray for opposition legislator Tundu Lissu, who was shot and injured earlier in September. His party, Chadema, has accused the government of being involved in the attack. ...

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