Independent Media and Freedom of Expression

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Compared to other countries in Sub-Sahara Africa, Tanzania has a relatively free and critical media. TV and radio stations as well as print media are reporting openly about political affairs and have controversial issues of public interest discussed. As in most parts of the world, the influence of social and digital media has recently increased which has led to a substantial change in the nature of Tanzania’s media landscape, providing journalists and virtually any citizen with new means and platforms to express their ideas.

However, with the introduction of two new media related laws - the Cybercrimes Act and the Statistics Act – in 2015 and the foreseen passage of the Media Services Bill and the Access to Information Bill the freedom of expression is seriously under threat. Two newspapers have been banned lately and journalists increasingly suffer from intimidation or practice self-censorship.

At FES we believe that a free and critical media is one of the driving forces of a democratic society. For this reason we work together with our partners such as the Tanzania Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) among others to enhance a public debate on issues of independent media and freedom of expression.

We are convinced that by bringing together representatives of relevant government institutions, the judiciary, media houses and members of the civil society in an open dialogue a major contribution to the country’s ongoing democratisation process can be made.

Events

World Press Freedom Day Commemorations 2016

On the 2nd and 3rd of May media professionals and stakeholders from the United Republic of Tanzania came together in the city of Mwanza at the shores...

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International Capacity Building Workshop on Migrant Domestic Workers

From the 19th to the 21st April 2016, Leaders from East African domestic worker unions assembled in Tanzania to demand their governments do more to...

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Dialogue on Foreign Aid: Can Tanzania Do Without?

This theme appeared to be highly relevant seeing the recent decision by the US based ‘Millennium Challenge Cooperation’ (MCC) to suspend its...

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Latest Publications

Tanzania Oil and Gas Almanac

With an estimated gas reserve of more than 55 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), Tanzania readies itself to join the gas economy. Large multinational oil...

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The African Media Barometer Tanzania 2015

Even though most African countries enshrine principles of freedom of expression in their constitution, the practice often leaves much to be desired....

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China and Africa – Continuing an Unequal Relationship

In the context of the FES Regional Young Leaders Conference on the topic "China in Africa - International Perspectives and Local Perceptions" that...

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