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  • 8 September 2016

    Tanzanian Assembly Backs Information Access Bill

    Tanzania’s National Assembly Sept. 8 approved an access to information bill. The Assembly on Sept. 6 opened debate on the bill, with some members calling the bill too weak and urging amendments, according to media reports. Constitution and Legal Affairs Minister Harrison Mwakyembe said he was  “surprised” at the criticisms. The bill that passed had some minor changes, […]

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  • 25 August 2016

    Progress Seen in Draft Tanzanian FOI Bill

    By Deus Kibamba The author is trained in political science and international law. His column first appeared Aug. 24 in The Citizen. The government issued a new draft FOI bill in June. (See Freedominfo.org report.) In less than two weeks, the Right to Information Bill will be presented in Parliament for its second reading and passing by […]

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News Archive

  • 23 June 2016

    Tanzanian Government Offers Modified RTI Legislation

    The Tanzanian government has produced a new right to information bill, posted on Parliament’s website (text) and offered on first reading June 23. The bill is signed by Harrison Mwakyembe, Minister of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, and dated May 10. Activists tweeted about the new version, but there does not appear to have been news coverage […]

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  • 10 March 2016

    Will RTI Ever Be Promulgated in Tanzania?

    By Deus Kibamba The author is trained in Political Science, International Politics and International Law. This article first appeared The Citizen. There are things worthy of not forgetting in life. One of such very memorable landmarks during the Fourth Phase government of Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is his 10-year promise to legislate for the right […]

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  • 25 June 2015

    Delayed Consideration Urged for Tanzanian FOI Legislation

    Media stakeholders and the ruling party have recommended that a parliamentary committee be given time to make changes to the government’s proposed access to information bill and a media bill, according to a June 23 Guardian article by Felister Peter. The Assembly, however, while resolving not to debate the contentious bill Media Services Bill, had […]

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  • 17 June 2015

    Tanzanians Support Law on Access to Information

    Most Tanzanians support an access to information law, according to a June 15 press release from Twaweza. The non-governmental organization reported that 84 percent of those surveyed support passage of an access law and that 77 percent think information held by public institutions should be accessible to ordinary citizens. Such access would reduce corruption, said 80 […]

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  • 27 May 2015

    Several African Nations Criticized at OGP Meeting

    Tanzania and several other African countries were chastised on the subject of access to information at a recent regional meeting of Open Government Partnership held May 20-21 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, however, told the delegates that he plans to sign two controversial bills — on media regulation bill and freedom of information […]

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  • 2 April 2015

    Tanzania Delays Action on FOI Bill, at Media Urging

    Tanzanian officials have decided not to table a freedom of information bill with a “certificate of urgency,” again delaying action on a measure promised by the president more than a year ago. The handling of the bill, and recent passage of another bill criticized for restricting public speech, comes as the government is about to […]

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  • 26 November 2014

    Tanzania in Yet Another Lost Century

    By Deus Kibamba The author is Executive Director, Tanzania Citizens’ Information Bureau. This is a chapter from a recently issued State of Right to Information in Africa Report 2014 and is reprinted with permission. (See previous FreedomInfo.org report.) Despite a strong history of pan– Africanism and being one of the first countries to embrace open competitive elections, the […]

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  • 17 November 2014

    Charges Against Oil Officials Sent to Tanzanian Speaker

    Two top officials at Tanzania’s state-owned oil agency, arrested Nov. 3 on charges of failing to give requested information to parliament, have been released without charges, according to journalist Kizoto Makoye. The two executives had declined to provide parliament with 26 oil and gas contracts the government signed with foreign and local investors, according to […]

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  • 6 November 2014

    Tanzanian Parliament Orders Arrest of 2 Company Officials

    Two top officials at Tanzania’s state-owned oil agency were arrested Nov. 3 on charges of failing to give parliament the oil and gas contracts the government signed with foreign and local investors, according to an article by Kizoto Makoye for the Thompson Reuters Foundation. The Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts instructed police to arrest James […]

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  • 25 September 2014

    Tanzanian President Pledges FOI Law in February 2015

    The president of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, said Sept. 24 that a freedom of information bill would be approved in February, 2015. His commitment came at a meeting in New York commemorating the third anniversary of the Open Government Partnership (video link). In October 2013 at the OGP summit in London, he had pledged to pass a […]

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  • 9 May 2014

    Tanzanian Minister Says FOI Legislation Being Prepared

    A top minister in Tanzania has stated that a paper proposing a freedom of information bill has been prepared. The disclosure by Constitutional and Legal Affairs Minister Asha-Rose Migiro was reported May 5 in The Guardian. She said the government is committed to observing Open Government Partnership (OGP) as part of its efforts to enhance […]

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  • 5 August 2013

    Harvard Awarded $8.1 Million for Transparency Research

    Harvard University researchers have been awarded $8.1 million for a five-year project to research the impact of community transparency and accountability initiatives on health and other social sector outcomes, beginning in Indonesia and Tanzania. The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced that it […]

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  • 11 February 2013

    Tanzania Will Seek Input on RTI Bill, Minister Says

    Tanzania’s Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Mathias Chikawe, recently told representatives of the National Coalition on Right to Information that the government will seek public input on the drafting of a law.  “As long as I am here, I will make sure we get more views so that we won’t be criticised for not […]

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  • 4 February 2013

    Tanzania Say More Study Needed on FOI Measure

    The Tanzanian government has said more research is necessary before it introduces a freedom of information bill. Amos Makalla, Deputy Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, said Feb. 1 that a bill will not be tabled in the National Assembly soon, which was “widely anticipated by stakeholders including media practitioners,” according to an article […]

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  • 25 June 2012

    OGP Review: New Study, Continued Activism

    With the submission of most national action plans in the past and their review in the future, recent news about the Open Government Partnership lately has centered on the first study of the action plans and efforts to persuade countries to join or to live up to OGP ideals. Activists in Ireland and Hungary are seeking […]

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  • 16 December 2011

    OGP Countries Begin Consultations on Action Plans

    Various Open Government Partnership countries have starting holding public consultation on their national action plans, according to reports culled from the media, tweets, and government announcements. News on this front includes: –          Latvia starting a working group, –          Tanzania posting a draft plan, and –          Canada holding a Twitter consultation. The OGP is not maintaining […]

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  • 21 January 2011

    Tanzanian Official Pledges Action on FOI Legislation

    The Tanzanian government wants to pass a freedom of information law, according to a top official quoted in the media. “The government will do everything possible to make sure that the bill is enacted and implemented accordingly,” the Minister of Information and Culture, Dr. Emmanuel Nchimbi told media stakeholders in Dar es Salaam Jan. 19, […]

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  • 2 December 2009

    World Bank Cautious on Media Development

    The goal of strengthening the media as one way to fight corruption was adopted by the World Bank in 2006, but the promise has gone virtually unfulfilled, according to research by freedominfo.org.

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Access to information Act (2016)(As posted on Parliament site, possibly not final version.)  



Measuring Openness

Global Right to Information Rating
A country-by-country rating of laws by the Centre for Democracy and Law and Access Info.

Freedom House
The Freedom in the World report.

World Bank
Worldwide Governance Indicators

Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index
Measures perceptions of the degree of corruption.

Reporters Without Borders
The Press Freedom Index.