Freedom of Press in Tanzania? No way


There's no denying that Journalist's lives in Tanzania is pretty tough...But there just might be  a silver lining out there for  them, but will it help?
Read the article below. 
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Do you remember when the prime minister permanently shut down The Globe and Mail because a columnist wrote an editorial criticizing his position on the tar sands?
All of the Globe's editors, photographers, reporters, office managers, secretaries, and sales people lost their jobs in one fell swoop.
It was a terrible time.
But of course you don't remember it, because it never happened.
In Canada, protection of a free press is so ingrained that we almost take it for granted.
In Tanzania, unfortunately, one op-ed really can mean the difference between earning a living and the death of an entire paper.
Freedom of the media is not guaranteed by the constitution of this East African country, and any media house that falls out of favour with the government can be banned indefinitely through a law called The Newspaper Act of 1976.
Specifically, this law gives power to an individual government minister to ban any media outlet thought to publish seditious information. The law permits a minister to act as complainant, prosecutor, and judge in cases of sedition. Unsurprisingly, the outcomes tend to favour the complainant's cause.
Journalists in Tanzania face many challenges, including low/no pay, rampant corruption, and physical violence, to name just a few. But over and above all these hardships looms the fact that as a result of this law, freedom of the press remains at the discretion of the government.

Press Freedom Map for 2012



So Are things about to Change for Journalism in Tanzania?Maybe...


The government of Tanzania, in its wisdom, has seen fit to sign three of its ministries on to President Barack Obama's Open Government Initiative: a project designed to promote better governance outcomes through a guarantee of greater openness and transparency.
Given the Newspaper Act is, in spirit, directly contradictory to the principles of the Open Government Initiative, now is an excellent moment for the government to revisit this law in favour of new legislation that allows journalists the freedom to report in a fair and objective manner throughout Tanzania
Source: Huffington Post