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Study finds weaknesses in media Coverage, provides remedies A study conducted on the performance of the media both print and electronic in the country has established weaknesses in news gathering techniques, sourcing, balancing and comprehensiveness of information.
Govt urged to increase efforts to find missing journalist   With the disappearance of Azory Gwanda, a journalist reporting for Mwananchi newspaper entering the third week with no sign of his whereabouts, the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) and four other civic organizations have strongly appealed to the Government to double efforts to find the missing scribe.
Four civic organizations to hold joint press conference on missing journalist   Four civic organizations will hold a joint press conference on Saturday December 9, 2017, following the disappearance of a journalist working for Mwananchi newspaper, Azory Gwanda.
MCT pleads with security organs to safely deliver missing journalist The Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) has urged security organs to ensure that journalist Azory Gwanda who is reported to have disappeared for over two weeks is found safe and sound.


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ligaejat2012Lucas Liganga , the Chief Reporter of the Citizen newspaper  emerged the overall   winner of the Excellence in Journalism Award (EJAT) 2012 during the Gala Night held at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam .Veteran broadcaster, Hamza Kassongo, scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Gala Night held on April 5, 2013.Liganga scooped the overall spot after bagging in awards in two categories – Malaria and Environment for print media and to win the overall sport he beat seven other contenders.For the two categories he was awarded trophies, certificates and a set of one I pad 3 and flat screen television.


The event’s official guest , the Zanzibar Vice President Seif Shariff Hamad representing the Zanzibar President  Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, presented  Liganga  with a a dummy cheque of USD 4,000 provided by the  Lead organizer of the  competition, Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) as scholarship for  the winner to pursue further training  in  any institution of his choice.

In addition  Liganga and  a female journalist  from Mwananchi newspaper,  Florence Majani  who was  among the  eight contenders for the  overall spot will be sponsored by the  Tanzania Media Fund  (TMF) to attend international meeting on investigative journalism  to be held in Rio de Jenairo, Brazil.

Majani of Mwananchi newspaper also snatched two awards – Sexual  and Reproductive  Health for  Young People  and  Science  and Technology Reporting category.

For Liganga this is the fourth time he emerges as a  winner in EJAT since 2009 when the competition started.

In the first year he won environment award for print media and in 2010 he scooped the malaria and 2011 he won the environment award again and in 2012 he won both environment and malaria awards.

Mr. Hamad also presented a dummy cheque of TZS 10,000,000 to Kasongo as prize for winning the Life Time Achievement category.

Kasongo who runs the popular TV programme “The Hamza Kasongo Hour” on Channel Ten TV, becomes the second person to win the Lifetime Achievement Award since the category was introduced in 2011. The first award was scooped by Veteran editor and trainer Fili Karashani .

Unlike the other categories of EJAT where contestants submit entries, the winner of Lifetime Achievement in Journalism is picked from a list of three names proposed to the competition’s organizing committee by a team of experts - comprising mainly old hands in the profession.

Other winners are as follows: Edward Qorro of the Citizen picked the Economic and Business award for  - Print  and John Lewanga of TBC 1 for TV.

Lewanga was  fortunate as  the Executive  Director of the  CRDB Bank, Charles Kimei, who presented him with a trophy, certificate and I pad three as  the other  winners, also offered him  TZS  1.5 million  as motivation  to promote   economic  and business coverage  in media.

Abdul Abdalla Mohamed of the African won the Sports and Culture award for print media,  Abisae Maeda of  Kilimanjaro Film institute for TV and  Abdallah Majura of ABM-FM won the award for Radio. 

The British High Commission to Tanzania Diana Melrose  presented Idd Juma Yusuph from  Afya Radio in Mwanza  with the Environment Award.  Beatrice Shayo of Nipashe won the Health category for  print media  and  for Radio the award went to Gervas Hubile.

HIV/Aids award for print media went to Fredy Azah of Mwananchi and Andrew Kiwanyi of Kilimanjaro  Film Institute  won for TV.

Shadrack Sagati of Habari Leo newspaper won the Reporting Children category for print media ,  Daniel Kaminyonge of  Kilimanjaro Film Institute won the award for TV and for the Radio the  award went to Mwamini Andrew of  TBC Taifa.

The Good Governance Award for print media went to Anthony Mayunga of  Mwananchi, for TV the award was scooped by  Jamaly Hashimu Said of TBC 1 and Noel Thompson  of Afya Radio picked the award for Radio.

Husna K. Mohamed of Zanzibar Leo newspaper won the  award for reporting gender for print media, while  for TV  the award went to  Bernard Mwaituka of  Iringa Municipal TV.

Rolf Kibaja of TBC1 picked the Science and Technology award for TV and for Radio the award went to   Abel Onesmo of  Clouds Fm.

Reporting Disaster award for radio was won by Noel Thomas of Afya Radio while Polycarp Machira of the Citizen of picked the award for  print media.

Reporting Malaria award for TV went to Dotto Mnyadi of TBC1 and for Radio the award to  Faraja John Sedegeya of Afya  Radio.

Fredy Azah of Mwananchi won the Education award for print media,  while Daniel Kaminyonge  of Kilimanjaro  Film Institute won  for TV and for radio the award went to Faraja John Sedegeya of Afya Radio.

Tourism and Conservation for newspapers went to  Said Salim Njuki, for TV the winner is Cassius Mdami of Channel Ten and Radio the winner is  Alex Magwiza of TBC Taifa.

Reporting people with disability award went to Salome Kitomari of Nipashe , Rose Pallangyo from Kilimanjaro Film Institute for TV and for Radio the award went to  Idd Juma yusuph  of Afya Radio Mwanza.

A photograph of a group  of policemen harassing  journalist Daudi Mwangosi   shortly before he was killed  enabled Joseph Senga of Tanzania Daima  to win the  best photograher award.  Samwel Mwamkinga of the Citizen scooped the  Best Cartoonist Award.

  1. Ubwani of the Citizen  emerged  winner in the  reporting Agriculture category for print media,  and Latif Matimbwa of TBC Taifa for Radio.
  2. and Reproductive  Health for  Young People award for TV went to  Dotto Mnyadi of TBC 1.

Open category for print media  was won by  Shija Felician  of  Mwananchi,  Hawa Bihonga of  Afya radio Mwanza and for TV the  Open category award was won by Ramadhan Mhina  of  Kilimanjaro Film Institute.

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