Tag Archives: Mwananchi

Tanzanian media on social media: who’s winning the battle for likes and followers?

UPDATED 6/5/15 – Now with corrected figures for Radio One, and the inclusion of the political cartoonist, Masoud Kipanya. 

Tanzanian media companies compete fiercely for readers, listeners and viewers. Increasingly, they battle for followers and likes in the social media space as well.

So who is winning?

I looked through a selection of Tanzania’s leading media companies, Swahili versions of some international media houses, and a few high profile individuals in the Tanzanian media sector. In each case, I looked at how many “likes” they had for their facebook page (if they have one), and how many followers for their twitter account (if they have one). Continue reading

Tanzania’s Statistics, Cybercrime, Media Services and Access to Information Bills: what the cartoonists say

For context, see the following two posts:

First up, two cartoons that focus on the secrecy under which two of these bills were initially brought to parliament:

Nipashe, 19/3/15

Nipashe, 19/3/15

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Where is the report on Form 4 exam failures? It’s in The Citizen, Mwananchi

Yesterday, The Citizen told us it had the “Real causes behind 2012 Form 4 failures“. Mwananchi led with “Janga la elimu” (Tragedy of education). Both articles published some of the findings from the report of the Commission that was formed earlier this year by the Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda, to look into the dramatic drop in the Form 4 pass rate. The report has not been published, but the papers had a leaked copy. From The Citizen: 

“Outdated questions, poor marking, inadequate time, lack of testing skills among those tasked to set exam questions and the removal of national Form Two exams in 2009 were among the key factors that caused the massive failure during the 2012 Form Four national exams The Citizen can authoritatively reveal today.”

“In May, this year, preliminary findings by the Commission of Inquiry set to investigate the 2012 massive failure, show that the unprecedented poor performance was mainly caused by the introduction of the new grading system called Fixed Grade Ranges (FGR) introduced by Necta for the first time last year. But, according to details gathered by The Citizen from a leaked report the problem was more that the much-publicized introduction of new grading system.” Continue reading

A step backwards on the road to democracy

"In order that a paper is not closed down. Obama: we envy Tanzania's economy. Mafia declines aid. Tanzania supports Japan."

“To avoid closure, papers should write like this. Obama: we envy Tanzania’s economy. Mafia declines aid, they have no problems. Tanzania supports Japan.” From Mwananchi, October 2010.

Tanzania trades on its reputation as an “island of peace,” (relatively) well governed, (relatively) democratic, and (relatively) peaceful. It is getting harder and harder to justify that reputation.

On Saturday, two of Tanzania’s leading newspapers – Mwananchi and Mtanzania – were suspended from publication by the government (unofficial English translation), Mwananchi for 14 days and Mtanzania for 90.

Freedom of the press is a fundamental pillar of democracy, a cornerstone of good governance and accountability. Any restrictions on that freedom – which can in some cases be justified – should be handled with extreme caution and used only in the most extreme circumstances. These are not those circumstances. Continue reading

Unofficial translation: Government statement on the suspension of publication of Mwananchi and Mtanzania newspapers

This is an unofficial translation of the government statement published yesterday. It is not an official translation so you are strongly advised to check the original Swahili if you need to be precise. 

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Government statement on the suspension of publication of Mwananchi and Mtanzania newspapers


The government has suspended publication of MWANANCHI and MTANZANIA newspapers, from September 27 2013, in response to these papers’ practice of writing news and features that are inflammatory and hostile with the intention of causing citizens to lose confidence in state organs, and as such putting the country’s peace and cohesion in danger. Continue reading

Sources and Reference on the Closure of Mwananchi and Mtanzania newspapers

“The Government Official Blog” posted earlier today an announcement that Mwananchi and Mtanzania newspapers have been closed down by the government, Mwananchi for 14 days and Mtanzania for 90 days. I have also posted an (unofficial) English translation of this statement.

I will post some analysis of this move very shortly. But first, here is a list of sources of information and commentary on the case, which I will try to keep up to date over the next few days (and beyond).

If you see anything that I have not listed, please add it in the comments below, or send it to me on Twitter (@mtega). Continue reading