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.
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