The United Nations in the country has praised the media in the country for accurate coverage and balanced news stories.
“The UN is very glad about the state of the media in the country. Since its establishment it has closely been working with various media in accessing information that is beneficil to the public and the world in general,” the UN Resident Coordinator and Country Representative Alberic Kacou said at a Tentative Programme for Editors Forum meeting held yesterday in Dar es Salaam.
Kacou said that over the past eleven years in the country, there has been an outstanding coverage of issues relevant to the UN’s role in Tanzania.
“We are very appreciative of how different stories are covered and this is a great opportunity for the public to gain news on what we are actually doing or done over recent years,” he said.
He said the continued engagement of the forum was very encouraging as it enables the editors to increase interest in the UN’s programme of cooperation with the government.
According to Kacou, the UN has done many efforts in making the system easily accessible to queries from the media.
These include revamping of the UN Tanzania website, which now has a special media section containing information of relevance, he explained.
He said the UN members of the communication group seek to be readily available and have also facilitated direct meetings between the editors’ forum and government officials around the Universal Periodic Review in Zanzibar and at several other occasions.
“The UN is gratefully welcoming the media to access different information from the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP) in covering stories that will benefit the public,” he added.
Kacou further called for effective cooperation with the media in the country in helping increase public knowledge on various issues.