TEF condemns beating of ‘Tanzania Daima’ journalist by police in Mara

10Aug 2018
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
TEF condemns beating of ‘Tanzania Daima’ journalist by police in Mara

THE Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) has strongly condemned reports that a journalist with ‘Tanzania Daima’ Newspaper—Sitta Tuma had been brutally beaten and harassed by police in Turwa ward, Tarime District in Mara Region in the course of executing his duties.

Deodatus Balile.

Tuma who was taking news photographs at a political rally held in the ward, was arrested and beaten by police allegedly for having been involved in an illegal gathering.

A press statement issued by TEF in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the forum’s acting chairman, Deodatus Balile said they have been saddened by the incident since Tuma was just fulfilling his job responsibilities at the in the Chama Cha Demokarasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) political rally.

“The police officers didn’t listened to him, even after Tuma introduced himself as a journalist, something which is against the media laws,” said Balile in a statement.

According to TEF, the Media Services Act, 2016 (Article 7:1) recognises journalism profession and gives journalists the right and responsibility to collect and publish various information without obstacles.

“TEF is now calling for the police force to withdraw all charges against Tuma because he hasn’t committed any crime. We want the police force to recognise and respect the profession of journalism as it is like any other professional jobs,” he said.

The forum further called on the police force to stop harassing journalists when executing their duties since doing so was completely illegal.