Independent Media and Freedom of Expression

Compared to other countries in Sub-Sahara Africa, Tanzania has a relatively free and critical media. TV and radio stations as well as print media are reporting openly about political affairs and have controversial issues of public interest discussed. As in most parts of the world, the influence of social and digital media has recently increased which has led to a substantial change in the nature of Tanzania’s media landscape, providing journalists and virtually any citizen with new means and platforms to express their ideas.

However, with the introduction of two new media related laws - the Cybercrimes Act and the Statistics Act – in 2015 and the foreseen passage of the Media Services Bill and the Access to Information Bill the freedom of expression is seriously under threat. Two newspapers have been banned lately and journalists increasingly suffer from intimidation or practice self-censorship.

At FES we believe that a free and critical media is one of the driving forces of a democratic society. For this reason we work together with our partners such as the Tanzania Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) among others to enhance a public debate on issues of independent media and freedom of expression.

We are convinced that by bringing together representatives of relevant government institutions, the judiciary, media houses and members of the civil society in an open dialogue a major contribution to the country’s ongoing democratisation process can be made.



Youth Activist Workshop: Breaking the Chain

Trade Unions in Tanzania, as elsewhere on the continent and worldwide, suffer from the fact that unionism is not as appealing anymore to the majority of young people and workers.



Accountability and Monitoring of Public Resources in Songea

In a bid to promote youth engagement in accountability and monitoring of public resources, from 26th to 27th April 2019, FES Tanzania in collaboration with alumni of its Young Leaders Forum, organized a training with representatives from civil society organizations and political parties in Songea region. The meeting aimed to raise awareness on how youth can engage in the decision making process and track the public expenditure systems. They were enabled with the knowledge and skills on how to conduct Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) and Public Expenditure Tracking Systems (PETs).




Pre Budget Youth Dialogue

In a spirit of inclusion and citizen participation in the budget process, FES Tanzania in collaboration with Wezesha Foundation organized a pre-budget dialogue where young men and women from different youth organizations based in Dar es Salaam participated.


Latest Publications


Intraparty Candidate Nomination - A Gender Analysis

The United Republic of Tanzania is approaching general elections on 28 October 2020. Currently, the political parties participating in these elections are undergoing the internal process of nominating their candidates for councilor, parliamentary and presidential posts. To which extent are women included in this process, and are the nomination processes of selected political parties in Tanzania gender responsive and inclusive?



The African Media Barometer Tanzania 2019

The African Media Barometer Tanzania 2019 is the sixth edition of the AMB in the East African country. The AMB gives an overview of developments in media legislation and practice in the country since the last edition in 2015 on the basis of the assessment of national experts from the sector. It makes several recommendations for reform to ensure a diverse, free and impartial media landscape.



What is a Global Framework Agreement?

The following animated video will explain what a Global Framework Agreement is, using the example of the GFA between UNI Global Union and the South African retailer Shoprite.


Tanzania Office

P.O.Box 4472
Mwai Kibaki Road, Plot 397
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

+255 (0) 22 2668575
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