On 29 September, Twaweza's Sauti za Wananchi launched a brief report on citizens' views on democracy, dictatorship and demonstrations in Tanzania. As usual, we invited various TV, radio and print reporters to join us in the official launch of this report in order for the findings reach a wider audience. Lots of media attended to hear about Democracy, dictatorship and demonstrations: What do citizens really think? and so we received wide media coverage throughout the country. Here is a highlight of of the coverage:
TV stations that covered research brief and aired it's story via news bulletins were Azam TV, which aired it on the 3pm and 8pm news bulletins and TBC1 which presented it on their 8pm news bulletin. Radio stations that covered the brief were Radio Uhuru, Times FM, Magic FM and E-FM.
Most print and broadcast media focused on whether Tanzania is being led by a dictator or not.
For other print media, their stories were based on how much citizens were eager to criticize the government and were in support of the ban on demonstrations, political rallies and gatherings.
Uhuru had a front page story on how much citizens want their MPs to leave their political interests aside and focus on development of their constituencies after elections and The Guardian also had a front page story saying that Tanzanians believe in freedom of expression. On the other hand, JamboLeo and Mwananchi had headlines on their front pages focusing on citizens' desire to be free to criticise government and citizen support for political gatherings.
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