5 December 2012

Tanzania: Broadcasting Committee Tasked

THE Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Dr Fenella Mukangara, inaugurated a Broadcasting Contents Committee, aimed at upholding standards and check violation of ethics in the broadcasting sector.

She said that the committee is an imperative tool especially during this era of technological advancement, which has seen the mushrooming of television and radio stations.

She cited the duties of the committee as curbing the tendency by some radio and television stations which act platforms to fuel religious divisions, tribalism, segregation and political tensions. The Minister urged the committee members that should they feel there was a need to review editorial policies of these broadcasting stations, then they should advise the relative authority to do so.

Other duties of the committee include advising the minister on policy of the broadcasting sector, to deal with ethical issues, to supervise and ensure the principles of contents in broadcasting sector are respected. "It is your duty as the contents committee to make sure all the time broadcasting sector promotes national unity and positive development for our country," said Dr Mukangara.

The members of the committee are Baruany Luhanga (chairman), Abdul Ngarawa, Joseph Mapunda, Yusuph Nzowa and Walter Bgoya.

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