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Staff suspended following fake Trump news story in Tanzania

Staff suspended following fake Trump news story in Tanzania

Nine staff members of the public broadcaster in Tanzania, TBC, were suspended following the publication of a fake news story in which United States President Donald Trump called Tanzanian President John Magufuli an "African hero".

The article was published on an online site called Fox Channel and in it, the US president is reported to have praised the Tanzanian president and compared him favourably to other African leaders who are apparently "doing nothing".

According to the story, Trump emphasised Magufuli's good governance and war on corruption, and called on other African leaders to follow his example.

The article stated that the comments were made while Trump was signing an executive order which excluded Tanzanians from a travel ban "from countries where presidents are doing nothing and those [that] have declined to leave power".

Director-General for the broadcaster, Ayub Chacha, said the station had not followed editorial procedures and that the information had not been verified before the story was published.

Magufuli's hands-on approach to leadership has coined him the nickname "the bulldozer", and he has received local and international support for the public war on corruption he's been waging. 

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