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Tanzania TV suspends staffers over fake news about Trump

AP  |  Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) 

Tanzania's state broadcaster has suspended nine staffers for a fake story saying US President Donald Trump had congratulated President John Magufuli for being a good African leader.

Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation's main channel aired the story Friday.

A statement by the broadcaster's chief, Ayub Rioba Chacha, says that "such irregularities would have not happened" if professional procedures had been followed.

The fake story said Trump made the remarks when signing a barring the citizens of certain African countries whose presidents are clinging to power.

The broadcaster appeared to have picked up the story from an obscure website.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 21:42 IST