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The Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) has organized specialized training workshops for journalists working in regions on reporting in volatile situation and ethics.

The first training workshops on Reporting on volatile situations and ethics for this year will be held in Lindi, Mtwara, Singida, Mara, Mwanza, Geita, Kigoma and Coast regions.

The training workshops to involve 25 journalists in each training centre commence on April 8, 2014 and end on April 15. At each centre the training will last for four days.

The second batch of the training to be held by December this year will involve Kagera, Shinyanga, Simiyu, Tabora Katavi and Njombe regions.

The Acting Executive Secretary of MCT, Pili Mtambalike said the training has been necessitated by increased trends of unexpected violence against media practitioners.

She said journalists have been caught unaware, unprepared and not well equipped in explosive situations and sometimes they are physically assaulted.

She cited the attack against the chairperson of the Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) and Managing Editor of New Habari, Absalom Kibanda and Mtwara journalists who had to flee their homes and hide fearing attacks during protests against the construction of pipes to transport gas from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam.

Mtambalike said due to this development, the Council engaged two veteran journalists, Anaclet Rwegayura and Valerie Msoka who are knowledgeable on reporting on volatile situations to compile a manual on such situations for journalists in Tanzania.

She also said as violence have also occurred during some by-elections and in view of the coming local government elections this year and general elections next year, it was deemed pertinent to train journalists on how to operate in fluid and volatile situations.

The training workshops are a continuation of similar training workshops held at zonal level last year which were attended by 151 journalists from five zones - Northern, Sothern Highlands, Eastern, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar she said.

The Zanzibar zone comprised Unguja and Pemba Islands; Eastern zone - Morogoro, Tanga and Iringa; Southern Highlands – Mbeya Ruvuma and Rukwa; Northern - Kilimanjaro Arusha and Manyara and Dar es Salaam zone.

This time the Council organized the training for regions as to involve more media practitioners.

The training at Lindi will be held from April 9 to 12; Mtwara – April 14 – 17 Singida – April 8- 11; Mara – May 7 – 10; Mwanza and Geita May 12 – 15; Kigoma – May 5-8 and Coast April 8 – 11.

During the training the journalists will learn on nature of conflicts, human rights, social economic disparities, political and ideological differences, how conflicts start and how they can affect journalists and media institutions, Investigating issues and causes of conflicts.

The journalists will also learn on preparation for coverage of assignments in volatile situations both mentally and physical, safety issues, experiences from the field and the roles of editors.

The team of facilitators for the training includes veterans and seasoned journalists and media trainers, Deodatus Mfugale, Attillio Tagalile, Juma Thomas, Lilian Timbuka, Fili Karashani, Chrysostom Rweyemamu, Joyce Bazira, Ndimara Tegambwage, Rose Mwalongo and Dr. Ayub Rioba.

Apart from organizing and conducting the training, the Council in the course of the year, will also conduct needs assessments in training in various regions to establish gaps and even new needs.

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