18 May 2014

Tanzania: 'Laws Abating Media Freedom Should Be Revoked'

Dodoma — THE government should review bad laws that abate freedom of expression to set conducive environment for professional reporting.

Speaking, the Managing Editor of Jamhuri Media Limited, Mr Deodatus Balile, said such legislation should empower the media to become the source of information for parliamentarians by slashing such laws.

Mr Balile was addressing participants at a special seminar focusing on challenges that face reporters who cover Parliament proceedings.

He mentioned some of the laws which should be amended as the Newspaper Act of 1976, the Broadcasting Act of 1993, the Communications Regulatory Authority Act of 2003, and the Double Registration (Company, Tanzania Information Services).

He said that to cover Parliament, a journalist needs to know guiding laws, understand parliamentary procedure, know about the politicians and the political parties involved and have a solid knowledge of history.

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