Govt is open for dialogue with the stakeholders about media laws-TEF

05Apr 2019
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
Govt is open for dialogue with the stakeholders about media laws-TEF

THE Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) has expressed its gratitude following the government's gesture that it was open for dialogue with stakeholders to facilitate changes to various media laws.

Tanzania Editors Forum acting chairman Deodatus Balile briefs journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday on the ongoing visit to Tanzania by a delegation from the Vienna-based International Press Institute. He is flanked by Head of DW Academia Carsten von Nahmen (L) and IPI vice chairperson Khadija Patel. Photo: John Badi

TEF chairman Deodatus Balile made the remarks yesterday when he introduced a delegation from the International Press Institute who were in the country on study tour.  

During their stay in the country, IPI officials met various government officials including Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, Speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai, Minister for Information Sports and Culture Dr Harrison Mwakyembe and the Director for Information Services Dr Hassan Abbas where they discussed various issues pertaining to press freedom in teh country as well as the recent rulling by the East African Court of Justice (EACJ).

According to Balile, all the officials expressed their openess to dialogue on burning issues affecting the Media in Tanzania including reviewing media  laws such as the Media Services Act, 2016.

"TEF and IPI welcomes this idea, we believe that it will go a long way into cementing the deteriorating relations between the media and the government," he said.

 The IPI delegation is led by deputy chairperson Khadija Patel who is also Chief Editor for Mail and Guardian of South Africa,Carsten Von Nahmen the Director for DW academy as well as Scott Griffen the Deputy Director for IPI.

In her remarks, Patel said the willingness by the government was a great   achievement and that it is time for stakeholders to make use of it.

Last  week  the EACJ ruled that the Media Services Act 2016 was against protocols of the EAC treaty.

The court said that the law with restricted media freedom provisions went against the enjoyment of fundamental peoples’ rights stipulated in the treaty.

The ruling was delivered by Judge Charles Nyachae in Arusha, handing a landmark victory to media practitioners and human rights organisations that went to the court to challenge the new law.The government has since shown it's intention to appeal against the rulling.

International Press Institute is a global organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of press freedom and the improvement of journalism practices. Founded in 1950.It has members in 100 countries.






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