NAIROBI: Press freedom advocates demanded on Thursday that Tanzanian authorities reveal the whole lot they recognize approximately missing journalist Azory Gwanda, after a government minister said the reporter who disappeared in 2017 was lifeless.

overseas Minister Palamagamba Kabudi told the BBC that Gwanda, who vanished after reporting on a string of murders, had “disappeared and died” somewhere in Tanzania’s japanese Rufiji location.

Gwanda’s wife said he vanished on November 21, 2017, after leaving in a white Toyota Land Cruiser with unknown human beings on an “emergency ride”.

. He promised to go back the subsequent night but became by no means seen once more.

Kabudi’s assertion provoked outrage in Tanzania and past.

“The government has a responsibility to shield all residents. Circle of relatives, pals and the public need to recognize what came about to Gwanda. If he is useless, we have a proper to understand below what occasions,” Anna Henga from the criminal and Human Rights Centre, a Tanzanian advocacy institution, advised AFP.

Media watchdog reporters without borders (RSF) – which has called Tanzanian President John Magufuli a “press freedom predator” – joined the call for answers.

“After a yr and a 1/2 of silence after which downplaying the journalist’s disappearance, the minister publicizes his dying without clarification,” RSF’s Africa consultant Arnaud Froger informed AFP.

“The flippancy with which the Tanzanian government have dealt with this situation illustrates the low regard they have for the safe workout of free and independent journalism.”

the usa-based totally Committee to defend newshounds referred to as the minister’s comments “wholly insufficient and distressing”.

Police said in 2017 they have been investigating the disappearance of Gwanda, a reporter for the Tanzanian newspapers Mwananchi and The Citizen.

Tanzanian civil society corporations have accused the authorities of President John Magufuli of concentrated on warring parties and curbing freedom of the clicking.

Elected in 2015, Magufuli came to energy as a corruption-fighting “man of the human beings” but has been criticised for his authoritarian leadership style.

Tanzania fell 25 locations on newshounds without borders’ world Press Freedom Index this 12 months.