The Tanzanian government says it is ready and taking steps to amend media policy and regulations with input from the country’s stakeholders.
“Bring those ideas so that what the government should do can do and what the media sector players can do can begin,” Hassan Abbas, the permanent secretary for information, told media stakeholders during the launch of a conference organised by the UN’s education agency Unesco on Wednesday.
He said the government was ready to make any amendments to media policy and regulations if stakeholders had recommendations that would develop the industry.
“Where there are proposals that require the media policy or laws to be changed, the ministry is ready to work with you … We’ll discuss the policies so that we can work on them for the future of our economy and the whole concept of media freedom,” he said.
President Samia Suluhu, who took over after former President John Magufuli’s death on 17 March, has brought notable changes, including allowing some media outlets that had been censored during her predecessor’s regime to reopen.