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The Vice President Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal is slated to officiate a high level consultative meeting between

the media and heads of law enforcing organs, defence and judiciary organized by the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT).

The meeting to be held at Regency Hyatt, The Kilimanajaro Hotel in Dar es Salaam on September 17, 2014 is aimed at facilitating transparent dialogue to promote conducive working relations for the media and the various state organs.

Participants to this meeting are drawn from the Police Force, Tanzania Defence Forces, Prisons, Zanzibar Special Force for Combating Smuggling – (KMKM), Fire Brigade, Anti Corruption, Immigration, Public Prosecution, Managing Editors and owners of media outlets.

Three papers will be presented and discussed during the one-day meeting.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Abdulrahman Kaniki will present a paper on How Law Enforment organs can foster freedom of expression while veteran journalist and media trainer, Ndimara Tegambwage will present a paper on investigative journalism context and practice.

The Managing Editor of the Citizen newspaper, Richard Mgamba will speak on safety journalist and rule of law.

The Director of Information Services – Maelezo – Assah Mwambene will be discussant of the paper to be presented by Tegambwage; prominent lawyer James Marenga will be discussant of the paper to be presented by Deputy Inspector General Kaniki and veteran journalist and lecturer Dr. Gidieno Shoo will be discussant of the paper by Mgamba.

Meanwhile Vice President Dr. Bilal has highly commended MCT for promoting professionalism in the media industry.

Speaking to a high powered delegation of the Council led by the President of the Council’s Governing Board, rtd Justice Thomas Mihayo, which paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Dar es salaam on September 11, 2014, Dr. Bilal praised MCT for preparing and supervising adherence of professional ethics and code of conduct for the media industry.

He also praised the Council for organizing the high level consultative meeting, pointing out that it is giant step in harmonizing smooth operations of the media and promoting understanding with the respective government organs.

The President of the MCT’s Governing Board, Justice Mihayo expressed appreciation on the good and harmonious relationship existing between the government and the Council, noting that government leaders including the President participate in the Council’s activities. “

He said the government recognizes the Council and the role it plays and it has also involved the Council in some of its activities including preparations of a number of drafts of some laws”.

The MCT team which met Vice President Dr. Bilal also included the Council’s Governing Board, Hassan Mitawi, Acting Executive Secretary, John Mireny, Ethics and Arbitration Manager, Allan Lawa, Human Resources Manager, Ziada Kilobo, Manager for the MCT office in Zanzibar, Suleiman Seif and Senior Programmes officer of the Regulations And Standards department of the Council, Alakok Mayombo.

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