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MCT and CoRI partners hosts Right to Know Day commemorations


The Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) and its partners in the Coalition for Right to Information (CoRI) has organized commemorations to mark the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) also known as the Right to Know Day on September. 28, 2017.

The event will be held at Kisenga Hall at the LAPF International Conference Centre in Dar es Salaam and the Chief Guest will be retired High Court Judge and former Tanzania's Human Rights Commission and Good Governance Commission Chairman, Amir R. Manento.

A press statement signed by CoRI chairperson, Kajubi Mukajanga, who is also the Executive Secretary of MCT, says that event will bring together media and access to information stakeholders from all over the country.

About 150 participants who include Journalists, Media organizations and institutions, Media houses, legal and human rights organizations, government representatives, local and international NGOs as well as development partners are expected to attend.

The Right to Know Day is celebrated every year on September 28th, is aimed at promoting citizen’s access to government and public held information, necessary for participating in the governance process as well as accessing other social economic rights.

It is also used to raise awareness individual rights of access to government held information; how elected officials are exercising power and how tax-payers' money is being spent.

Among the activities of the day will be a Public dialogue by key players in the access to information campaigns will be preceded by short presentations.

Discussions will focus on Stakeholders’ perspective of the state of Access to Information in Tanzania, the Access to Information Act and challenges to its implementation.

This year’s commemoration are held at national level for the first time and have included week long activities such as media appearances and social media campaigns to promote the day.

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Tanzania Chapter will launch the 2017 Report on Access to Information in Public Institutions and hold a ceremony for the 2017 Golden Key & Padlock Awards.

Recently, MISA Tanzania conducted a study to measure the most open and transparent public institution as well as the most secretive public institution based on citizen’s access to information. It sought to assess the level of public access to information held by government and public institutions in the country.

The International Day for Universal Access to Information was established by access to information advocates from around the globe.

It was first celebrated on 28 September 2003, and this year 2017 will see the 15th International Right to Know Day.

It was formerly recognized by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission) at its 50th Ordinary Session meeting held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 18 April to 2 May 2012.

The other CoRI partners are Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Tanzania, National Organization for Legal Assistance (NOLA), Union of Tanzania Press Clubs (UTPC), Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF), Legal and Human Right Centre (LHRC), Media Owners Association of Tanzania (MOAT) and Tanganyika Law Society (TLS), Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA), TWAWEZA, SIKIKA, Tanzania Citizen’s Information Bureau (TCIB) and Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC).


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