19 December 2012

Tanzania: Zanzibar Scribes Challenged On Ethics

JOURNALISTS in Zanzibar have been reminded to uphold ethical values of the profession to avoid unnecessary conflicts and help in the development of the Isles.

The call was made by the Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Mr Mohammed Said during the fourth graduation of the Zanzibar Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication.

He said sometimes news covered by reporters spark conflicts in society and called on the graduands and other journalists to help Zanzibar maintain peace, stability and development by practising responsible journalism.

The deputy minister told journalists to report events fairly and without bias and uphold the ethics of the profession while discharging their duties. "The media has a major role to play in nation- building. If you put to right use what you have learnt the public will be better informed, educated and entertained.

"This will be a reflection of development journalism," the deputy minister said after he conferred 85 graduates (up from 69 last year) with certificates and diplomas. The institute's Acting Head, Mr Rashid Omar Kombo, said the college faces multiple challenges including shortage of space, permanent lecturers and learning materials including a studio.

However, the deputy minister said that the government was working on how to improve the college including having new buildings constructed at Tunguu area, South Unguja.

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