Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
- Protect press freedom
- Promote ethical and professionalism in media
- Receive complaints and mediate
- Promote media accountability
- Promote and protect interests of consumers of media services and products
Any person or organization aggrieved by any publication or broadcast may institute a complaint to the Media Council of Tanzania by pointing out explicitly the grounds for the complaint and the remedy or redress sought.
Should be filed in writing within six months from the date the contested article was published or aired.
- Fill out the complaint form on MCT website or write a complaint letter
- Point out explicitly the grounds for the complaint
- Point the injury or damages suffered from the published article
- Attach the contested article(s) as an exhibit
- Say exactly your prayer or redress sought
- The aggrieved is however advised first to contact the offending media outlet to see if the two can sort out matters themselves
If any part to the dispute is not satisfied with the decision they seek recourse elsewhere including courts of law, whereas those handled at Press Clubs level can appeal to the MCT Ethics Committee.
It does not award pecuniary compensation BUT may:
- Order a defendant to apologize
- Order a defendant to correct the matter which is being complained about
- Order a defendant to afford the plaintiff the right to reply
- May order a defendant to refund the plaintiff the actual cost he/she might have incurred in the cause of sorting out the matter
- Publishes its decisions for the public know
MCT is founded on the belief that employees are its most important resources. The performance, survival and growth of the MCT are dependent on the performance, integrity and well being of its employees. The Council always strives to promote an environment where its employees are treated fairly, respectfully and given opportunity to air their views and opinions within the ambit of MCT policies, procedures and ethical conduct.
The management of MCT is committed to ensuring that the recruitment and selection of all employees is fair, open and transparent and complies with MCT values and country’s labour legislation. MCT is an equal opportunity employer and selection of staff is carried out without discrimination of any person or employee on the grounds of gender, creed, race, ethnic group, religion or disability.
Vacancies are widely advertised in the local newspapers and MCT website. Assessment of applicants focuses on job related criteria such as qualifications, experience and competencies and these are clarified in vacancy advertisement. Management uses objective selection methodologies to screen and support selection decisions.
MCT has a tailored programme to mentor young journalists aiming at equipping them with skills to enable them to carry out assignments competently. Vacancies are advertised on MCT website at the beginning of the year or periodically when a position falls vacant.
Likewise, the Council announces volunteer openings on MCT website.
The Media Council of Tanzania Think Tank (TT) on Freedom of Expression and Media Issues was first established in 2009 to support execution of the MCT’s 2008 – 2011 Programme Strategy and thereafter.
It is composed of eight eminent academics and media professionals, with acclaimed competence in research, policy analysis and ability to provide alternative ideas and solutions on steering the cause for freedom of expression and other media issues of national or regional concerns.
The TT first notable output was the Dar es Salaam Declaration on Editorial Freedom, Independence and Responsibility (DEFIR).
DEFIR was launched in 2010 and has so far attracted 1,161 signatures countrywide. Media stakeholders and citizens continue to append their signatures to show their acceptance of its letter and spirit.
DEFIR clarifies obligations and responsibilities of all major media players towards ensuring that editorial freedom is attained sustainably. DEFIR is available online at the MCT web platform, www. mct.or.tz.
The TT is implementing MCT’s conviction that freer press and freedom of expression cannot substantively be realized unless the state, media owners, editors, advertisers and even donors behave in such a manner that journalists are allowed to do their work freely in the most professional manner.
Other issues handled by the MCT-TT include constitutional training programmes and forums on the social harm arising from state use of violence against citizens and media and the way this holds back democratic developments.
The eight TT members whose tenure ends 2013 include five prominent Tanzanians: Prof. Issa Shivji (Chair), Prof. Penina Mlama, Prof. Saida Yahya Othman, Mr. Jenerali Ulimwengu and Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi; Ugandan Dr. Peter Mwesige; Kenyan Mr. Wangethi Mwangi and Prof. Robert White from USA.
Since 2009, MCT has been providing research grants in the media field and results are published and shared with all key stakeholders, including media schools, policy makers and public libraries.
Media research problems are broadly defined in MCT Research Agenda that was determined by stakeholders in 2008 but subject to periodic review.
At the beginning of each year MCT publicly calls for media research concept notes through newspapers. The same is posted on the MCT web page, www.mct.or.tz. Interested researchers can also consult MCT offices.
Submissions are subsequently screened and those successful are awarded research grants.
Research grants can be given to individuals, institutions or a group of researchers.
MCT Information Resource Centre (IRC) stocks latest media and journalism publications from across the world, in both hard and soft formats. It is frequently re-stocked and has permanent staff. Access is free.
The IRC provides a rich avenue for accessing new media and journalism knowledge kitty, benefitting students, editors, researchers, tutors but also open to all citizens seeking more knowledge in the media field.
The MCT-IRC only provides in-situ library services daily from 8:00am to 5:00 pm, except during weekends and public holidays. However, borrowing service is disallowed.
The IRC services are available at both MCT Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar offices.