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After learning from other African and Asian nations, Tanzanian Journalists today established the Rural Journalists Association of Tanzania (RUJAT) which will help raise various social, economic, cultural, human rights issues and stimulate the growth of rural social services. Also, the Association will help journalists themselves to grow professionally, adhere to ethics and promote regional and international cooperation.

Group photo of the Association attended the establishment meeting held in Dodoma Tanzania

In a special members’ meeting held on a volunteer program in which journalists from various regions attended, Prosper Kwigize from the founder of the idea of ​​having such a professional body has been elected as the interim chairman, Zania Miraji from Dodoma FM has been elected Vice-chairperson, Neville Meena from Dar es Salaam has been appointed secretary, and Editha Majura from Dodoma has been elected treasurer.

Besides, the party has formed an executive committee where they have divided Tanzania into six special zones and each region has elected one representative who will be a member of the executive committee.

The Executive committee is composed by Meshack Ngumba from Kigom, William Bundalla from Shinyanga, John Kasembe from Mtwara, Amina Mrisho from Morogoro, Gaspar Mushi from Kilimanjaro and Sabina Martine from Njombe.

This is a unique and first-ever system established in Tanzania aims to ensure that rural issues are covered by media and understood at the national and international level and thus enable rural communities to be part of the implementation of the Global Sustainable Development Goals.

The vision of the association is to see a successful community of journalists, working for the rural communities.

Eng Paschal Mussa addressing the participants on the importance of the Internet in Journalism

The event was also attended by the Tanzania Community Networks Alliance (tzCNA) whereby Engineer Paschal Mussa shared the vision of connecting the unconnected society, they devoted to connect about 20 million Internet users by 2025 in rural Tanzania.

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