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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.

The organizations are the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition, Media Council of Tanzania (MCT), Union of Tanzania Press Clubs (UTPC) and the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA).

According to the Executive Secretary of MCT, Kajubi Mukajanga, the press conference will be held at MCT offices from 10.00am.

Meanwhile MCT has repeated its appeal to security organs to ensure that the missing journalist of Mwananchi newspaper is found safe and sound.

This is the third week since journalist Azory Gwanda went missing from his work station at Kibiti, Rufiji Coast Region after he was taken in car by unidentified people.

Responding to a letter from the Managing Director of Mwananchi Communications (MCL) the publishers of Mwnanchi and the Citizen newspapers, Francis Nanai, the Executive Secretary of the Media Council of Tanzania, Mukajanga said it was pertinent that state security organs work to find Gwanda.

“If people disappear just like that, where are we heading as nation”, Mukajanga wondered.

On Wednesday December 7, 2017 both the Citizen and Mwananchi had their front pages emblazoned with a huge portrait of the missing journalists with a headline appealing to the Government to help   bring him back.

At a press conference which attracted a wide section of the media practitioners held at the premises of MCL on Thursday December 7, 2017, the company also repeated its appeal to the government to find the missing journalist-Azory Gwanda.

The MCL Managing Director, Nanai, said during the Press conference that the company does not know who abducted Azory and why.

“If he is being held for any crime he is suspected to have committed , then those holding him should charge him in court of law and let justice take its course”, Nanai said.

At the press conference MCL workers were dressed in black and were in somber mood.

Apart from MCT,   the MCL letters on the missing journalists were sent to the Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Inspector General of Police, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance and the Legal and Human Rights Centre.

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