Tanzania's Parliament building. The government has fast-tracked debate on two proposed media laws which stakeholders demand that they be allowed to scrutinise the Bills before they are tabled in parliament. PHOTO | FILE
While acknowledging that the two Bills would improve freedom of press and access to information, Media Council of Tanzania executive secretary Kajubi Mukajanga said the manner in which they are being rushed is suspect.
Chonga MP Haroub Mohammed Shamis expressed his dismay at the government’s decision to table the Bills under a certificate of urgency.
Tanzanian journalists are opposed to the Newspaper Act of 1976 and Broadcasting Services Act of 1993, which are considered to be anti-press freedom.