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katuThe Constitutional Council for the Media Industry has presented its refined proposals for the country’s new

constitution to the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC).

The Executive Secretary of the Media Council of Tanzania, Kajubi Mukajanga, led a six-member team from the Council and Coalition for the Right to Information on August 29, 2013 to present the proposals to the CRC Deputy Secretary Casmir Kyuki at the Commission’s premises in Dar es Salaam..

Among the salient issues raised in the refreshed proposals for the media industry is the re-arrangement of Article 30 introducing four different Articles.

It is proposed that Article 30 should deal with the provision of right to information to all people regardless of their profession while the proposed Article 30A should be specifically for media professionals.

The main goal is to split the rights and specific needs for the media industry and the general rights of people outside the media profession as it is their basic right.

This, the proposals point out,  will facilitate the smooth enactment of specific laws and regulations for the media profession as it is in other professions.

It is also proposed to have Article 30B which sets limits on rights and freedom of expression as provided in Article 29 in the draft constitution and sets limits on the Rights and freedom of information under alternative Article 30 whereas Article 30B ensures the rights and freedom of information for all people including the media does impinge on the basic principles of the Constitution.

In addition the media industry proposes Article 30 C which would instruct the Parliament to enact legislation for protection of national interests without flouting the spirit of the Constitution.

Basically the proposed Articles 30, 30A, 30B and 30C are for ensuring that the flow of all articles which are supposed to change is not disrupted if Article 30A, 30B and 30C will be accommodated in the draft,  the industry suggested in the refreshed proposals.

The refined new proposals emanated from views collected during six zonal meetings organized under MCT which is the designated Constitutional Council for the Media Industry.

The zonal meetings were held in Mwanza, Zanzibar, Mbeya, Dodoma, Morogoro and Dar es Salaam in July with the  final meeting in Dar es Salaam  which brought together over 130 delegates from all over the country held in  early August, 2013.

Speaking during the presentation of the refined proposals, the Executive Secretary of MCT, Mukajanga,  underscored the importance of improvements proposed by the media stakeholders to Article 30.

He also said the proposals also cover other areas of wider interest in the proposed draft constitution.

Speaking during the event , the Deputy Secretary of CRC, Kyuki, praised  MCT as the designated Constitutional Council for the media industry in the way it managed to organized all players and stakeholders and  to collect  their views.

The CRC had designated  MCT as  the Constitutional Council  for the media industry according to  Article 18 (6) of the Constitutional Review legislation  Section 83 which  empowers the  Commissions to  allow institutions and individual groups with common  and identical goals and aspirations to form  constitutional Councils.


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