Wednesday, 26 August 2015

MISATAN TO HOLD RTIWORKSHOP FOR SELECTED BLOGGERS AND EDITORS


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MISATAN to sharpen Bloggers & Editors’ skills
on RTI, Election Reporting
By
Gasirigwa GS

The
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Tanzania Chapter in association with
the Centre for ICT Policy promotion in Africa (CIPESA) will tomorrow train a
selected number of bloggers and editors on Right to Information with special
focus on this year’s general election.

Editors
and bloggers will be taught on the safest ways to access information and report
responsibly during campaigns and the entire election period. Attention will be
directed to the Cyber crime and the Statistics Acts which are already in effect
and have dire consequences on media practice.

Participants
will also be introduced to ‘The Broadcasting Services (Content) (The Political
Party Elections Broadcasts) Code 2015’ which was gazetted on June 26, 2015.
Bloggers, SMS pollsters, and broadcasters in general will seriously be affected
by this Code. The Code was developed by the Tanzania Communication Regulatory
Authority (TCRA).

About
20 selected Dar es Salaam-based editors and bloggers have confirmed to take
part in this one-day workshop, scheduled for tomorrow Thursday the 27th
of August at Kebbys Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

Similar
training was held two weeks ago in Mwanza and drew participants from Geita,
Mara and Mwanza itself. The Mwanza training specifically targeted journalists
who basically cover rural areas.


MISATAN and CIPESA believe that
the media needs to responsibly serve the public in a way that will
provoke positive engagement and subsequent improvement in the political
administration of the country.