Wednesday, December 13, 2017
   
Text Size
image image image image
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.

ZA KISWAHILI

Resource Centre

IRC1

Press Clippings

Media Council of Tanzania Website

Litigation1

The Media Council of Tanzania (MCT), and a coalition of human rights organisations on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 petitioned the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) challenging the media act recently signed into law by the President.

The other petitioners alongside the Media Council include the Legal and Human Right Centre (LHRC) and the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC).

In the petition filed under reference number 2/2017, the petitioners are challenging sections of the Media Services Act (MSA) 2016 which they argue, is a threat to press freedom and freedom of expression.

The petitioners state that the new law is in violation of Tanzania’s obligation under the East African Treaty to uphold and protect human and peoples’ rights standards as specified in Articles 6 (d), 7 (2) of the Treaty.

The Media Service Act No. 12 of 2016 was enacted by the Parliament of United Republic of Tanzania on 5th November 2016 and assented to by President John Magufuli on 16th November 2016.

The petitioners are represented by lawyers; Fulgence Massawe, Donald Deya, Jenerali Ulimwengu, Jebra Kambole, Francis Stolla and Mpale Mpoki.

According to the petitioners, the Media Services Act is an unjustified restriction on the freedom of expression and of the press, which is a cornerstone of the principle of democracy, rule of law, accountability, transparency and good governance.

Article 6(d) of the EAC treaty provides the principles of the community to be good governance including adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law, accountability, transparency, social justice, equal opportunities, gender equality, as well as the recognition, promotion and protection of human and people’s rights in accordance with the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right.

Also, Article 7(2) of the EAC Treaty provides that the Partner States undertake to abide by the principles of good governance, including adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law, social justice and the maintenance of universally accepted standards of human rights.

In addition, pursuant to Article 8(1) (c) of the Treaty, Tanzania has undertaken to “abstain from any measures likely to jeopardise the achievement of those objectives or the implementation of the provisions of the Treaty.

Tanzania is a member state of the East African Community having acceded to the Treaty on 7th July 2000. Under Article 23 of the Treaty, the EACJ is tasked with ensuring the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the EAC treaty.

The EACJ is the only appropriate court that rules on matters regarding the interpretation and application of Partners States’ obligations under the EAC treaty.

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Media Headlines

MCT Videos
videoMore Videos...

Photo Gallery
photoMore Photos...

Journalism Awards

awaa

Visitors Counter

2413633
Today
All days
61
2413633

OUR RSS

  • No feeds found!