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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.

Reacting to the reported disappearance of Gwanda who is reporting for Mwananchi, the Executive Secretary of the Council, Kajubi Mukajanga, said his office received the news with great shock.

He told the Citizen, the sister paper of Mwananchi that the disappearance of Gwanda is another testimony that being a journalist now is very dangerous and that it is not uncommon for journalists to disappear mysteriously.

Mukajanga said that MCT is planning to conduct training for journalists on safety next year.

Gwanda based in turbulent Kibiti area in Rufiji, Coast Region where the police had launched massive operation for months to quell incidents of killings was reported to have been picked by unknown people who left with him in a car and has not been seen again.

On Monday December 5, the Managing Director of Mwananchi Communications (MCL) Francis Nanai reported the disappearance of Gwanda since November 21, 2017.

Reacting to the Gwanda’s disappearance, the Secretary of the Tanzania Editors Forum, Neville Meena said   this would likely fuel fear among the media fraternity in the country.

Joining the fray in pleading for Gwanda’s safety, the opposition party Chadema spokesman Tumaini Makene said security agencies should act to end the abduction of innocent people.

Gwanda’s wife Ms Anna Pinoni, expressed deep concern about the safety of her husband, recalling that people had been disappearing in Kibiti.

When they are found alive, they usually do not want to talk about what they had experienced, she is reported by the Citizen.

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