By Azania Post reporter
THE government has issued a two months ultimatum for old print media to re-register their newspapers and journals, the Tanzania Information Services Department has said.
According to the Chief Government Spokesperson, Dr Hassan Abbas, all existing print media will have to re-register before October 15th this year.
“They have to ensure that they’re register their newspapers and journals, newsletters, after expiry of deadline no one will be allowed to conduct the business because it is against the law,” he said.
According to him, registration for the new print media will have no deadline. He said all existing and new print media are required to be registered afresh in accordance with the Media Services Act of 2016.
Some of the requirement that are needed before registration include certificates of registration of the media organisation, business plan that clearly state media policy, type of editors and journalists to be recruited and curriculum vitae of owners of the organisation.
Also, media organisations will need to pay registration fee amounting to Sh1 million," he said.
According to the figures from the Registrar of Newspapers, which is within the Tanzania Information Services, Tanzania has a total of 881 legally registered newspapers and magazines.
Early this year government annulled registration of 473 newspapers and magazines for being inactive for three consecutive years.