Matinyi stresses accuracy, patriotism in digital contents

DAR ES SALAAM: AS technological growth increases digital spaces for exercising freedom of expression, users have been urged to exploit the opportunity by considering patriotism and accuracy of information shared or discussed on social media platforms.

Government’s Chief Spokesperson, Mr Mobhare Matinyi, stated this at a ‘Stories for Change’ award gala held in Dar es Salaam on Friday night, asserting that the sixth phase government will continue to work on various issues raised by wananchi through digital spaces.

Mr Matinyi who doubles as Director of Information Services-MAELEZO applauded JamiiForums for coming up with innovations geared at creating more spaces for the execution of freedom of expression.

The event was attended by diplomats and representatives from government agencies, civil society organisations and media.

According to Mr Matinyi, Jamii Forums’ Stories for Change initiative corresponds with Tanzania’s 10-year plan for the National Digital Economy Framework 2023/2033.

“The presence of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) at this event is an indication of the government’s readiness to engage wananchi and civil society organisations in fight against corruption; one of the enemies we are currently facing,” he added.

Speaking on his new post, Mr Matinyi said he has learned that wananchi are not well informed on various government’s undertakings and promised to fill the void to reverse the situation as well as ensuring their voices are heard for the State to act.

On her part, Swedish Ambassador to Tanzania Charlotta-Ozaki Macias commended Jamii Forums, saying it was good that credible quality content presented in Kiswahili language.

Swedish Ambassador to Tanzania Charlotta-Ozaki Macias addressing at the Stories of Change gala held in Dar es Salaam over the weekend. The envoy was the guest of honour of the well-attended event by diplomats, government, civil society organizations and media representatives.

“The Embassy of Sweden in Dar es Salaam is a proud supporter of JamiiForums and their relentless work for the right of freedom of expression, media and press. As the Ambassador to Sweden, I cannot emphasise enough the paramount importance of freedom of speech in all societies. It’s a fundamental human right and cornerstone of democracy,” the Ambassador said.

“It is inspiring to see how 2023’s Stories of Change focus on Good Governance and Accountability and how the competitors have showcased the power of compelling and quality content that can engage citizens in meaningful discussions and catalyse change,” she said.

In this year’s Stories Change, Mtwara resident Athanas Myonga declared the winner and walked away with 7m/- cash prize after submitting an entry which focused on how Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) can plan and achieve its tax collection targets.

Respick Tairo emerged first runner and was awarded 4m/- cash prize followed by Nathaniel Mpasi (3m/-), Bashari Kidaya (2m/-) and Nick Rusule (1m/-).

Mexence Melo, Director of Jamii Forums addressing at ‘Stories for Change’ gala held in Dar es Salaam over the weekend

Speaking at the event, Jamii Forums director Mexence Melo thanked some government officials including Minister for Finance Dr Mwigulu Nchemba who used the platforms to give clarifications on various issues raised or reported by wananchi.

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