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Over 100 students from journalism training schools in Arusha participated in a dissemination
session of the Dar e s Salaam Declaration on Editorial Freedom, Independence and Responsibility (DEFIR).
The objective of the dissemination session held in the northern city on June 28, 2013 was to explain the genesis of DEFIR which was prepared by the Think Tank on Freedom of Expression and Media Issues of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT).
The spirit of the sessions is to share with up-coming journalists and instill them with the thinking and aspirations of DEFIR, the Publications, the MCT’s Research and Documentation Manager, John Mireny who was one of the facilitators during the session said.
DEFIR stipulates the roles, place and responsibilities of journalists, editors, publishers, politicians, government and business interests.
The declaration the first of its kind in the country emphasizes on media practitioners’ responsibilities to the public.
The participants for Arusha dissemination session were drawn from Habari Maalum College, Habari Maalum Media, City Media College and Arusha Journalism Training College.
78 participants of the session signed to endorse DEFIR.
The dissemination sessions of DEFIR have so far been held at the School of Journalism and Mass communication of the University of Dar es Salaam (SJMC), St Augustine University Mwanza and Tumaini Unversity Iringa college.
Several students and media practitioners have signed to endorse the declaration authored by the Think Tank under the chairmanship of Prof. Issa Shivji.
Other members of the Think Tank are Professors Saida Yahya Othman, Palamagamba Kabudi, Robert White, Penina Mlama and Dr. Peter Mwesiga, veteran media manager Wangethi Mwangi and veteran journalist, publisher and columnist, Jenerali Ulimwengu.
Apart from DEFIR, the two has researched and prepared a book on the escalating violence by state with impunity.
AS high profile meeting was organized by MCT in which the question of escalating state violence and impunity was deliberated.
Two members of the Think Tank – Prof Shivji and Mwangi chaired the morning and afternoon sessions of the meeting held at the Water Front building in Dar es Salaam and attracted broad and diverse participation.
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