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MCT Ethics Committee visits Clouds Media   Members of the Ethics committee of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) visited Clouds Media Group on May 25, 2017.
Media stakeholders appeal to Z’bar govt to accommodate their proposals Media stakeholders in Zanzibar have appealed to the Isles’ Ministry of Information, Arts and Sports to accommodate their proposals in the process of preparing a new media legislation which would not be oppressive for future generations.
MCT warns media on use of bad taste Photographs and sensationalism Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) has expressed deep concern and regret on the use of bad taste photographs and sensationalism by some sections of the media when covering the Karatu incident whereby 33 pupils of Lucky Vincent Nursery and Primary school, their two teachers and the driver of the bus they were travelling in lost their lives when the bus plunged into a ravine on May 6, 2017.
Z’bar to issue press cards to scribes from Mainland Journalists from the Mainland working in the Isles will now be provided with press cards in Zanzibar

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Some media outlets continue with what can be termed as ‘die hard’ attitude as they slant their coverage of election issues basing on their political orientation.

These outlets include public newspapers and electronic media from both sides of the Union which in their reporting give more space to ruling party candidates while other media outlets favour the opposition.

Those giving more space to the ruling party candidates only report negatively of the opposition likewise those backing the opposition also portray negatively candidates of the ruling party.

These observations are recorded in the fourth weekly monitoring report on the election campaign produced by the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT).

However the overall media mix, shows that there are papers and media outlets which stand out as impartial providing fair coverage and balancing their stories.

A close examination of the report shows that some media outlets do not weigh issues by reporting things as uttered in campaign rallies. By doing so, they operate as “conveyor belts”.

A senior official of the Council has noted that editors should exercises their responsibility as gate keepers by ensuring that unsubstantiated allegations are not reported in order to limit harm and hate speech.

Un-corroborated allegations should only be reported if they are balanced by providing right of reply to those targeted.

In addition to producing the weekly report the Council has also started to produce by weekly newspapers on the elections – the English edition is titled The Election Monitor and the Kiswahili edition is Darubini.

You can access The Election Monitor, Darubini and the   weekly monitoring reports on the Council’s website –www.mct.or.tz.

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