CORI set to improve proposals on media and information bills
The Coalition on Right to Information (CORI) has resolved to improve stakeholders’ proposals on two pertinent bills – the Media Services (MSB) and Access to Information (ATI).
Both bills are on the drawing board at government level.
CORI members meeting presided by its chairperson, Kajubi Mukajanga on February 9, 2016 decided to work to improve their earlier proposals and present them to the government for incorporation into the final bills before they presented to Parliament.
The move follows the government’s decision to seek the views of media stakeholders on the Media Services Bill.
CORI is working very cautiously to ensure all media stakeholders join together and come out with common proposals.
The meeting was warned during its deliberation that some section of the government want to fast track the enactment of the MSB into law.
The meeting was briefed by representatives of the Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) who had met with top government officials including the Minister for Information, Youth and Sports, Nape Nnauye, the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and informally with Attorney General, George Masaju during the recent Parliament session in Dodoma.
The feeling is that the of the government wants to have a sober legislation on media and as such it does not want to rush its enactment, the meeting was told.
Despite the seemingly positive posture of the government, the meeting decided to set up a technical committee to work on the stakeholders proposals on the new bills so that they are not surprised with what the government will come up with finally.
The committee is expected to put forward the improved proposals before another CORI meeting to be held on March 15, 2016.
The meeting also resolved to make CORI’s position visible by having a national meeting which will attract representatives from all over the country. The meeting is expected to be held on March 22.
Apart from two bills, the meeting also deliberated on among other things, the recent decision to halt live-coverage of Bunge sessions.
CORI brings together representatives from media associations, NGO’s, and other stakeholders with interest in information and media.