Tanzania

Head of TBC Zanzibar 

 

She said she wanted to be a journalist since her first year of primary school.

 

At 18 years old and thinking then of a career path for her continuing studies, she affirmed that she still wanted to be a journalist.

 

“A girl must have a dream, and she needs to find a way to reach the dream. Focus on the path to that goal and then you reach your goal,” she advised from her own experience.

 

Matulanga was promoted as head of Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) in Zanzibar in 2016. 

 

At this stage in her career, newly-elected IAWRT Tanzania chapter head Fatuma Matulanga’s message for both aspiring and current women journalists is this: Get educated, focus on your goal and love your job. 

 

“It’s a very unique opportunity for a woman to be selected to head a key Bureau and representing a country within a country and the union unlike other bureau’s which are regions (zones),” she said.

 

She has been part of TBC since 2007. The office at Zanzibar only had one journalist reporting before and when it was expanded, she became its first head.

 

“I was not expecting or thinking one day I will become head of TBC Zanzibar. I ask myself why I was chosen by the director. I was worried how I will manage. Before, I was only a reporter. But the director wanted something new. He wanted positive changes, and he wanted me to lead,” shared Matulanga.

 

She wanted to do well in this position, not only for the job but also for all women.

 

“As a woman head, I have the power to change. To have more women as news sources, experts and gender issues increasing women voices, stories and visibility in the media,” she said.

 

In this job, she supervises everything—from administration and finances to ensuring the quality of programs.

 

She has the challenge to govern the company’s finances well because TBC is owned by the government and so that everything that has anything to do with finances (mostly everything) in the office runs smoothly.

 

She is also always thinking about bringing in revenues for the company. This would come from good productions and news coverage.

 

“I wanted us to be able to deliver news from Zanzibar to the rest of the country and the world,” she said.

 

She also wanted to make sure to strengthen teamwork in the company so she and the people she works with will become a highly-qualified and experienced group of journalists.

 

Leading a company, indeed, required her to look at how she can make positive changes in everything.

 

“As a woman in leadership position, working hard inspires other people. If you work hard, people see that and then you can do positive changes. People see and they want to be like you or do like you do,” she said of why she has always pushed herself to work hard.

 

While she is the first to be appointed in TBC Zanzibar, she shared that there are women leaders in newsrooms across the country. But she observed that they can become chief editor, director of a TV or radio program if they have better educational credentials.  

 

“Years ago, women are struggling to get into leadership positions. Now they understand they need to leverage themselves with getting more and more educated. The opportunity to become chief editor or director can be open to a woman if she has a master’s degree and also depends on her work performance,” she shared.

 

That is why she encourage women to finish or pursue further education.

 

“Women needed to work on their degrees, be more educated and then they can do more positive things in the media,” she said.

 

Matulanga herself finished her Master’s Degree in Global Business Journalism from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in 2014. While studying, she worked for CCTV.

 

“There is not like a promise for giving women equal opportunities. I see many women in media houses if they are very, very educated they have better opportunities to get leadership positions in the newsroom,” she shared.

 

She is also looking to pursue her PhD abroad in the future, when she is ready, she said.

 

“I love studying, learning, gaining experience anywhere in the world. I encourage women to get educated. Education is looked upon with respect. They can be voice of the voiceless, the voice of women. If they can be educated, they can do that better,” she said.

 

She said that most women in Africa, like in Tanzania, are poor and that could be a hindrance to their education and developing their potential.

 

“I really want IAWRT Tanzania to concentrate on women in entrepreneurship. To work on how women can overcome poverty because women need to be empowered, seen, heard, but they need a market to expand their capital, they need to have skills. If you give women income or capital, if she can overcome poverty, if she can become financially stable, then she can also try to take herself away from situations of gender violence, abuse, harassment,” she said.

 

Matulanga credited women’s groups for helping out fellow women achieve their dreams.

 

“The Tanzania Media Women Association or TAMWA has a great impact on my professional career. The exchange program in Norway that I was part was through TAMWA and after that, a lot of doors opened,” she recalled.

 

Matulanga was able to work in the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and in the Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication as a tutor. She also worked in the Radio Deutschwelle German Swahili service.

 

Asked if she feels pressured being a woman leader in the newsroom, she empathically answered in the negative.

 

“I do what I am supposed to do, for the job I was hired and paid so I do not feel pressured to prove anything,” she said.

 

But to answer to the constant demand and challenges of the job as a journalist or a leader required more than hard work: one must love the job.

 

“I just to work hard because it is my job and I love it. I love being a journalist, I love journalism, I love telling stories, if you do your job then you do your best,” she said.

 

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The IAWRT Philippines’ member is a veteran radio broadcaster and commentator and gender and development advocate.

Her retirement in 2019 gave her more options to continue with her passion and commitment.

 

She got more chances to accept invitations for webinars on online/hybrid teaching, as well as gender and development concerns find more slots in her schedule. She got more invitations to media affairs by media groups and press conferences of government and private institutions via zoom.

 

“Of course, not the least, by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines on concerns such as women in media security and by the only one of its kind in the Philippines, the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT),” she remarked.

 

This year, as the pandemic continues, she started several commentary programs via the popular forum, webinar, and meeting platform Zoom. As she said, she is only retired, but not tired.

 

ZOOM Forum: Panahon, Capio et.al officially started on June 5, Saturday, from 9 to 11am. Like a radio show, this was the timeslot of the said program. Capio saved the recorded video then posted it on Facebook.

 

The show, she said, is patterned after teleradyo (hybrid tv-radio) shows, and similar to a webinar but without or with fewer participants.

 

“It was intentionally for an interactive discussion between the two hosts on government public policies; academic freedom; career advancement; community involvement and gender and development or GAD,” she shared.

 

The show found opportunities to feature and talk about numerous issues concerning government policies, academic freedom, career advancement, community involvement, and GAD taking into consideration historical background and context as bases.

 

Her co-host is Engr. Honorato Peralta Panahon, Ph.D is an academician and communicator.

 

“He provided the foundation of our interactive discussion on Good Governance by providing the Requisites of Good Governance by way of the mnemonic device using Capio’s name: S – Spirituality, O – Organizational familiarity, N – National Identity, I – Integrity and A – Accountability. And above all: C for Competency,” she shared.  

 

ZOOM Forum: Panahon Capio et.al aired its 13th episode on August 28 and would take a break in the meantime.

 

 

 

 

She started a series of webinars for gender and development for good governance, dubbed as “SOW GAD.”  The title’s meaning, she shared, is to sow the seeds of GAD for good governance. This one airs every Tuesday, from 9 am to 11 am. Go to Capio’s Facebook account to listen to the recordings.

 

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The Women for Press Freedom series is in partnership with IPS News.

“These are sharp conversations with journalists from around the world, where we discuss the state of press freedom in their country, on reporting from hostile environments, online violence against women, #metoo movement in newsrooms and more,” Farooqui said of this series.

 

“We will also be focusing on network and solidarity and how organisations can help create a safe environment for journalists, so they are able to work freely and without any fear.”  

 

The series was launched at the beginning of August 2021.

 

The series has featured journalists from various countries.

 

The first episode featured Elena Pasquini as she talked about the challenges of reporting from the Democratic Republic of Congo and about press freedom.

 

 

 

 

The second episode featured Nidhi Razdan, journalist from India on freedom of expression and the recent cyber-attacks focused on her, which is still being investigated.

 

 

 

 

The third episode featured journalist and author Adrienne Lawrence, where she discussed workplace sexual harassment, #metoo in newsrooms, her own fight against ESPN and how her book is a strategic tool to understand all of the above.  

 

 

 

 

The September 1 episode featured Neha Dixit from India. Dixit has worked as an investigative journalist for over 13 years across multiple mediums including print, television and online.

 

The conversations are followed by an opinion editorial, covering a particular theme or angle of the interview which is published by Inter Press Service (IPS).

 

Farooqui recently concluded the first series in her self-titled online show, ‘Not Just About The Sharia.

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IAWRT Tanzania hopes to enhance membership drive and come up with strategies to move forward. 

 

IAWRT Tanzania chapter, through its former office bearers, held a meeting on August 8, 2021 and elected its new office bearers. Meet the new board members and members. 

 

 

 

 

 

Fatuma Matulanga, IAWRT Tanzania head of chapter. She is the head of TBC Zanzibar. 

 

“To have more women as news sources, experts and increasing gender issues, women’s voices and visibility in the media. As a woman head, I have to power to make that change.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Rose Reuben, deputy head of IAWRT Tanzania chapter. She is also the director of Tanzania Media Women’s Association.

“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, and so disciplined they can be free.,” she shared this quote from an unknown source. 

 

 

 

 

 

Betty Tesha, IAWRT Tanzania Secretary. She is also TBC radio broadcaster. 

 

 
“New IAWRT, good start for better future,” she said. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oprah Sadallah, IAWRT Tanzania Treasurer. She is also is the Communication Officer of Jaza/Midundo online radio. 
 

 

 

“Keep them well. Keep them employed. And keep them mentally healthy. #AllHandsOnPandemic” she shared this message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stella Setumbi, IAWRT Tanzania board member. She is also TBC radio broadcaster. 

 

 

“The struggle today is the developing strength we need for tomorrow,” she shared.  

 

 

 

 

 

Raziah Quallatein Mwawanga, IAWRT Tanzania board member. She is a Media Consultant/Trainer and TV Broadcaster.

 

 

“If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yer, then you must write it,” she shared this quote from Toni Morrsion. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet also some of the IAWRT Tanzania members. 
 
 
 
 
Rose Haji shared this quote from Peter Sands from he Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
 
“Without equity, we cannot end COVID-19, HIV or any other pandemic.” 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June Jao said: 
 

“I love journalism and broadcasting, so great that i get to participate and inform about the society.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bestina Magutu is delighted to join IAWRT Tanzania. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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JMIC at Oslo Met photo exhibit features photos collected by the Afghanistan Photographers Association

 

The photo exhibition was planned under different circumstances, said Professor Emerita Elisabeth Eide, also Co-founder of Journalism and Media International Center (JMIC) at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) at the opening of “Where there is a War, there is still life” photo exhibit.

 

The exhibition was opened on August 25 by the Norwegian State Secretary from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jens Frølich Holte, followed by the Afghan Ambassador, his Excellency Mr. Youssof Ghafoorzai. Other speakers in the opening ceremony included Rector Nina Waaler at OsloMet, and Free Expression Foundation Director Knut Olav Åmås.

 

Prof. Eide expressed gratitude to the Afghanistan Photographers Association, without whom the exhibition cannot be possible, she said.

 

“Farzana Wahidy, Director of AP, would like to be here if circumstances would have been different,” said Prof. Eide.

 

The Taliban took over Kabul on August 16. Thousands of Afghans left the country since then, while many are still trying to leave the country to various destinations such as Qatar, Albania, Tajikistan, US, Canada and several European countries. Women journalists are thought to be among the most vulnerable should the strict Taliban rule return. Their five-year rule before the 20-year war saw restrictions on women’s rights to study, work or move freely.

 

“The exhibition is a powerful message of a world which cannot survive in the same way, perhaps showing what is at stake if a peaceful, and just, and rights-based solution is not found,” said Prof. Eide.

 

The APA made a call and 600 photos were submitted, and 46 were selected by a very professional, international jury. Six of the 27 photographers whose photos became part of the exhibit were from women.

 

“Far too often, the images from Afghanistan have been on war and violence, women’s suffering, and foreign troops. Afghanistan is a proud nation with a strong history of independence. In later years, civil society activists have worked to safeguard the constitution and the rights of different vulnerable groups. Many women have been in the forefront of these activities,” said Prof. Eide.

 

Watch the rest of the opening program: