Local media organisation leaders land regional jobs

TANZANIA: MINISTER for Information, Communication and Information Technology, Nape Nnauye has congratulated the Executive Secretary of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT), Ernest Sungura and the chairman of Tanzania Editors’ Forum (TEF) Mr Deodatus Balile after being elected to lead regional media organisations.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the minister, congratulated Mr Sungura on his election as the first Chairman of the Network of Independent Media Councils in Africa (NIMCA) and Mr Balile after he was elected the president of the Eastern Africa Editors’ Society (EAES).

In his congratulatory message, Minister Nape said Sungura’s appointment was significant in to uphold and advocate for media freedom both within Tanzania and across Africa.

He also said Balile’s new role is seen as significant position in promoting journalism standards and protecting the interests of editors in the region.

Mr Nnauye expressed pride in the achievements of both Sungura and Balile, noting that their elections to these key roles underscore the strength and resilience of Tanzania’s media landscape.

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“Their election is a testament to how the government of Tanzania, under President Samia (Suluhu Hassan) protects and advocates for media freedom within Tanzania and across Africa,” read part of the statement.

Mr Nnauye reaffirmed Tanzanian government’s ongoing commitment to working with both local and international media outlets. He emphasised the government’s dedication to ensuring that media freedom is protected, which is essential for fostering a transparent and informed society.

The minister also pointed out that the support from the government is pivotal in enabling media professionals to operate without fear of censorship or persecution. His remarks came at a time when the role of media in promoting democracy and accountability is increasingly recognised.

The MCT advocates for ethical journalism and press freedom. Sungura’s new position as Chairman of NIMCA is expected to bolster efforts to coordinate and enhance media standards across Africa.

Similarly, Balile’s leadership at EAES is anticipated to strengthen the collaboration among editors in Eastern Africa, fostering a more robust and unified media front in the region.

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