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The Chief Justice, Mohamed Chande Othman, will open the first ever training for media and judiciary practitioners jointly organized by the Judiciary and the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT).

The two-day training beginning on November 25, 2015 will be held in Dar es Salaam.

The training is aimed at promoting and strengthening cooperation and relations between the media and the Judiciary initiated at a meeting held by the Judiciary and MCT on December 3, 2014.

A strong delegation of 30 judges led by the Chief Justice Othman represented the Judiciary in the one-day meeting held at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Conference Centre in Dar es Salaam while the media had a broad representation led by the President of the Governing Board of MCT, rtd Justice Thomas Mihayo.

The media participants included senior executives from various media outlets and representatives of the Media Owners Association of Tanzania (MOAT).

It was agreed by the two sides during the meeting, to strengthen cooperation between the media and the Judiciary to better serve the public.

To attain the desired aspirations, the two sides agreed to jointly organize training aimed at building the capacity of media practitioners in handling judiciary matters and at the same time raising the awareness of staff within the judiciary to appreciate the working conditions and environment in the media, in order to minimize suspicion and misunderstandings between the sides.

The two-day training is geared at enabling journalists covering the courts to abide to professional ethics in consonance with court traditions in order to reflect positively before the public, the judiciary which is entrusted with the administration of justice.

Nearly 60 journalists from various media outlets are expected to attend the training whose theme is ‘Court Reporting which adheres to ethics, professionalism and Judiciary traditions’.

Several papers with such topics as Basics of reporting and communications; The Structure of the Judiciary, appropriate use of court language and MCT experience in following up court coverage, will be presented during the training.

Veteran journalists will also share their experience on court reporting during the training.

Facilitators at the training include experience legal experts from the offices of the Chief Justice, advocates who had stints as journalists and academics on mass communication.

The training is for journalists covering courts, editors, judges, deputy registrars, resident magistrates and senior resident magistrates based in Dar es Salaam. MCT expects the training will provide a new impetus in court coverage.

 

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