‘Press freedom activists  protect human rights’

25Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
‘Press freedom activists  protect human rights’

THE Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) has said    press freedom activists were aiming to protect human rights on access to information including those which focus on bringing development.

Speaking during the launch of three books on media professionalism yesterday in Dar es Salaam, chairman of the MCT ethical committee  (retired) judge Juxon Mlay said that media freedom was vital towards having a society which is well informed on  developmental issues.

“Media freedom activists should not be seen as threats as they work hard so that all of us can enjoy the freedoms we are entitled, what we want is for our society to be fully informed about their country which among our major responsibilities,” he said.

He however called upon media practitioners to avoid using abusive language during reporting so as to protect their status.

Pili Mtambalike, an analyst of the ‘State of the Media’ book said that the book has explained on approved laws, policy and authorities in the media sector.

According to her, intimidation of journalists, detentions, media closure are among the things which threaten  journalists from fulfilling their obligations of informing the public.

For his part, MCT executive secretary Kajubi Mukajanga noted Tanzania has dropped by 25 positions in the latest World Press Freedom Index Report.

The report, which was published on April 18 by Reporters without Borders (RSF), places Tanzania in the 118th position out of 180 countries they studied. It occupied the 93rd place in 2018.

Absalom Kibanda, one of the media practitioners said that there were some media houses, journalists who were still working out of the professional ethics.

“Some journalists and media houses were violating media ethics and guidelines…This is also a big challenge in this profession,” he noted.

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