in Tanzania carter for variety of tastes and interest. Many
newspapers have sprung up since the establishment of multi-party
politics in 1992. Most of the publications did not exist five
years ago. Newspaper registrar has registered over 350
publications this include magazines, periodicals and
newsletters. But less than 15 percent of the registered are
print media in Tanzania now has a mixture of private owned,
which are the majority and one government owned newspaper namely
the "Daily News" run by the Tanzania Standard
income of most newspapers and periodicals derives mainly from
sales to readers and advertising. In Tanzania print media is the
largest advertising medium.
THE PRESS AND THE LAW
has in place both statutory and constitutional provisions
providing several aspects of the media industry. The
constitution guarantees a free and independent media.
18 of the constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania
without prejudice to the laws of the land every person has the
right to freedom of opinion and expression, and to seek, receive
and impart or disseminate information and ideas through any
media regardless of national frontiers, and also the has the
right to freedom from the interference with his communication.
Every citizen has the right to be informed at all times of
various events in the country and in the world at large which
are of importance to the lives and activities of the people and
also of issues of importance to society.
sum up the government of Tanzania respects the freedom of the
press, but it does not entertain the "Free Freedom".
It advocates the Press Freedom with obligation. Tanzania has
three acts for regulating press activities.
Newspaper Act 1976 (Act No.3/1976)
act gives the President powers to prohibit any publication to be
imported or printed if he/she finds that it jeopardises national
the minister responsible for information has the power to
prohibit publication of a newspaper and that it will be an
offence if any person sells, prints, distributes after such
1976 Newspaper act licenses print media organisations.
Broadcasting Service Act. (Act.No. 6/1993)
act establishes several functions. The commission under section
6(1) issues broadcasting licenses, regulates and supervises
commission is responsible for standardization, planning and
management of the frequency spectrum.
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