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TANZANIA AT 60: Notable space for media diversity, freedom

TANZANIA AT 60: Notable space for media diversity, freedom

AS Tanzania prepares to celebrate 60 years of independence next month, the government says it has provided enough space for media diversity and freedom.

It also promised to work on all pertinent issues that the media fraternity has already presented to the government seeking for immediate intervention to reduce complaints from scribes.

This was said in Dodoma on Tuesday by the Minister for Information, Communications and Information Technology, Dr Ashatu Kijaji, when outlining achievements that have been recorded in all sectors falling under the ministry during the 60 years of independence.

According to the minister, after the recent meeting with editors from different media platforms, the Chairman of the Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF), Mr Deodatus Balile, who was tasked to write a proposal on issues that journalists want addressed, presented the document to her on Monday and that the ministry was planning to have a similar meeting with journalists before providing the way forward on the grievances that they (scribes) are facing in the country.

During her 50-minute address to journalists, Dr Kijaji took time to outline how the ministry had recorded key success in all departments within her portfolio, among them, the information sector which was transferred by President Samia Suluhu Hassan from the then Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports on September 13, this year.

The minister said Tanzania was among the leading countries in the region to have several media outlets be it broadcast, print, or online media.

Statistics in the ministry according to her show that currently, Tanzania has 270 registered print media, over 200 radio stations, 48 television stations, 122 blogs, 20 online radio stations and over 500 online Television stations.

“These statistics provide clear evidence on how the country has recorded a major step towards strengthening press freedom, as well as availability of information to our people,” she noted.

The minister said everybody could unarguably agree that with 60 years of independence, there were notable achievements which touch directly on the information sector, which involves provision of information from government agencies as well as from the national and international levels in all levels ranging from economic, political, arts and sports to people through different media platforms.

Dr Kijaji further used the same occasion to boast on how the ministry had made tremendous strides in the country’s postal sector. She said her ministry had recorded many achievements on the services that are currently being provided as compared to when the country attained her independence on December 9, 1961.

“The Tanzania Postal Corporation is now providing a variety of different digital services, whereby customers can have services from wherever they are,” she said.

Among the digital services according to Dr Kijaji include the famous service dubbed ‘Posta Kiganjani’ where customers can only use their mobile phones to receive different postal services.

In yet another development, the minister said during the 2021/2022 budget the ministry had been allocated 45bn/- for implementing the physical address and postcode project which would enable people to have locations of areas countrywide without problems.

 

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Author: KATARE MBASHIRU

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