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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.
Taxation and Revenue Collection category reinstated in EJAT Taxation and Revenue Collection has been reinstated as category to be competed in the ninth edition of the Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT) 2017.

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Journalism is more than a profession…it is missionary …you need to have passion, dexterity and

commitment for telling the truth , the Managing Editor of the English to Africa Division of the Voice of America (VOA), Dr. Shaka Ssali, has said.

Exchanging views with officials of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) led by the Acting Executive Secretary of the Council, Pili Mtambalike on April 24, 2014, Shaka who hosts the Straight Talk Africa programme aired by VOA said, if journalist lack these noble professional values, they may degenerate into mercenaries.

He cautioned that journalists should not compromise their profession by seeking and receiving “brown envelopes” – a euphemism for receiving bribes. “Once people pay you, they would despise you” he said.

During the meeting held at the offices of the Council, the Acting Executive Secretary, Mtambalike briefed Shaka on the activities of the Council which include organizing training for journalists with the aim of honing their skills, maintaining the professional code of ethics, carrying out advocacy and lobbying and mediation of complaints raised against media outlets.

Earlier, Shaka met with editors from various media outlets led by the chairperson of the Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF), Absalom Kibanda.

He shared with them his experiences in covering Africa and they told him of the numerous challenges they face in performing their duties.

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He advised them it was very important for the media in Africa to promote civic education and raise the level of awareness of the general public on their rights as citizens and not as subjects of the rulers in their countries.

He emphasised that what Africa requires is to have leaders who would push for more development than rulers who simply maintain the status quo.

He was of the opinion that elections in the continent should really be elections and not selections as the case is in many countries on the continent.

Shaka is in the country to cover the 50th anniversary of the Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar and is expected to have an interview with the Union Government President Jakaya Kikwete and the Zanzibar President Dr. Ali Mohammed Shein.

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