Tanganyika Law Society in collaboration with Canadian Bar Association is conducting a Media Training on Extractive Industry under the Supporting Inclusive Resource in East Africa project (SIRD) in order to engage national media houses /publications in advocating and raising awareness on identified extractive industry law reform/advocacy issues related to Extractive Industry.
The extractive industry-EI, its laws, undertakings, benefits and accountability mechanisms have remained unknown to many citizens including those living close to extractive industry operations. Such citizen’s information and knowledge gap on the extractive industries has been a major factor to citizen non involvement in shaping, benefiting and holding leaders and extractive companies accountable. This calls for a quick, efficient and cost effective mechanism that will break the knowledge gap among citizen thus empower citizens to know their rights in the extractive industry, know the existing accountability mechanisms, remedies following rights violation, benefits of the EI, economic opportunities and all other aspects relating to the extractive industry and touching citizens in one way or another as extractive resources belong to citizens.
Among the most effective, efficient and cost sensitive means of reaching out to the greater citizenry in the shortest time possible is the media. Unfortunately just like in many other developing countries, very few media personnel have sound understanding of extractive industries’ policies, laws, principles and undertakings. This therefore calls for capacity building interventions for media personnel if they are to be used to break the information and knowledge gap among citizens as well as act as a conduit to forward gender-sensitive advocacy messages to decision makers and raise awareness of issues affecting communities, particularly issues affecting women and girls to decision makers.
With a group of selected journalists and media houses such as TBC, Sahara Media, Clouds Media, Mwanachi Communications, Azam TV, Chanel 10, The Guardian newspaper, Mtanzania Newspaper, Blogs, Tanzania Daima, Religious media such as Imani TV and others well capacitated to analyze and report issues on the extractive industry the law society will be able to get its gender-sensitive advocacy message to intended recipients including decision makers and key stakeholders who will be champions for the change. Through this training TLS expect trained journalist to reach out to the greater public and inform/educate them of their rights, EI laws and remedies which they can use for their social and economic empowerment.
The objective of this activity is to build the capacity of selected journalist for them to be able to;
- Comprehend well key laws, rights, governance mechanisms and their weaknesses and strengths,
- Understand and report well the impact (both positive and negative) of the laws and practices related to the extractive industry and how such impacts relates to gender,
- Understand and report well the TLS – SIRD project activities,
- Understand, analyze and cover well the law society’s advocacy messages conscious of the local context and the political economy of the extractive industry,