15 March 2014

Tanzania: Media Issued Stern Warning Over Constituent Assembly Coverage

Dodoma — GOVERNMENT will take stern measures against members of the media who mislead the public while covering during the Constituent Assembly (CA) meetings.

Speaking on Friday, Deputy Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Mr Juma Nkamia said that the nation's welfare should be the main focus of both print and electronic media, during this crucial time of writing the country's constitution.

"I warn journalists to refrain from being used by groups with selfish interests aimed at plunging the nation into unnecessary chaos. Let journalists apply citizenry reportage so that at the end of the day they defend the interests of the country," he said.

According to Mr Nkamia, the media should set out standards that will create unity, and not stories that will bring about divisions among the people.

He added that government will take strong measures against journalists who will write concocted articles. He lauded sections of the media that have so far shown a high degree of professionalism while reporting on the Constituent Assembly.

"Some media houses have done a commendable job so far," he said, adding that any media that incites the people shall be dealt with accordingly


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