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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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The Zanzibar government is finalising the bill on new media legislation, the Isles Minister for Information, Culture and Tourism, Said Ali Mbarouk has said.

Speaking during the Press Freedom Day Commemoration on May 3, 2014 held at the Zanzibar University, he said though the process of preparing the information bill has taken long time, he was confident it would be presented to the ministry soon for further action.

He said that the legislation would promote and strengthen the media and also help spur national development and is a very crucial step in enhancing democracy.

Mbarouk appealed to journalists not to be tempted and used by politicians especially during this period when the country is in the process of preparing new constitution.

“It is pertinent now that your pens should be used to promote and enhance true cohesion in the society and should never be used to stir hatred”, he emphasised.

Urging journalists to adhere to professional code of ethics, the minister alleged some journalists are easily used by interest groups including politicians.

Speaking earlier the Executive Secretary of the Media Council of Tanzania, Kajubi Mukajanga said it was important to have good legislation in order to ensure strong freedom of press. Such legislation, he said would also protect practicing journalists to work efficiently.

However, he pointed out that despite having good media legislation, there is need to promote professionalism and media practitioners must efficiently discharge quality output.

Journalists should be ready to be mentored by more qualified and experienced colleagues in order to improve their performance, Mukajanga advised.

He said though many journalists strive to acquire more education, that was not enough pointing out that one must also have the capacity to deliver.

“At school you are enlightened and guided on the requisite knowledge and that is roughly 25 percent on the ability to work, the rest hinges on one’s performance”, he explained.    

On Tanzania Mainland activities on the commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day were held in Arusha where the former Attorney General and Judge, Mark Boman gave a key note speech in which he stressed that journalists play a crucial role in society.

He urged them to educate not only members of the public but also leaders and members of parliament who sometimes make weird statements like going to the bush in case their view points are not accepted.

The commemoration jointly organized by Media Associations – TAMWA, MCT, TEF, MISATAN, MOAT and UNESCO were preceded by a one-day workshop where several papers on media were presented.

Two journalists also recounted their experiences of press freedom violations during the workshop.

One - Frederick Katulanda, was brutally assaulted and had his baby girl abducted to scare him as he was investigating stories and the other is Edwin Soko who was roughed up while covering a political meeting.


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