Nape counsels social media journos

DAR ES SALAAM: MINISTER for Information, Communication and Information Technology, Mr Nape Nnauye has urged social media journalists to use their platforms as powerful tools for encouraging peace building, creating awareness about the culture of tolerance, avoid hatred and safeguard the country against chaos.

He said it is good to use social networks for the country’s development and avoid the habit of using technological advancements in creating hatred and humiliating others.

Minister Nape made the call on Friday in Dar es Salaam when he was officiating the first meeting with the Association of Social Media Journalists, (JUMIKITA).

The session, which is part of the process of formalising the social media industry, was attended by various stakeholders, including the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and Tanzania Information Services – MAELEZO.

“Let’s fulfill our duty of exposing bad things, but at the same time, let us fulfill our duty of protecting our nation from chaos.” Nape told the social media journalists.

Coupled with that, the minister said that everyone has a role to play in making Tanzania a better place to live. “We are licensed to build our society and not tear it down, whatever you do, whatever you plan, remember that you have the role to play in building your country,” the minister stated.

ALSO READ: Journalists urged to promote safe use of social media

Nape also urged the social media journalists to refrain from uploading false information as they rush to break news. In a related development, Mr Nape directed JUMIKITA to form a committee that will highlight their challenges and present them to the Ministry for discussion and recommendations.

On his side, Director of Information Services (MAELEZO) and Chief Government Spokesperson, Thobias Makoba committed to work on issues directed to his office whilst calling JUMIKITA to cooperate for the wider interests of the country.

Recently, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directed media management authorities to ensure that media outlets adhere to ethical standards and refrain from publishing content that undermines Tanzanian values, traditions and customs.

The Premier’s remarks came during a conference that also reviewed the threeyear achievements of President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

He noted that the government has made significant efforts to improve laws and guidelines governing the information sector, fostering an environment where journalists can work freely while respecting cultural values and individual rights.

“Since President Samia came to power, we have witnessed significant growth in the information sector, particularly the increase in users and readers of news via mobile networks,” Majaliwa explained.

Related Articles

Back to top button