A workshop will be held on Thursday this week, on the 2nd of March in the coming days to discuss version 2.0 of the proposed Draft National Media Development Policy.
This will be hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology.
This workshop, according to the department will provide stakeholders an opportunity to share their thoughts on the update of the policy which was released on Monday.
Secretary for DICT, Steven Matainaho has also clarified the government stance on the policy.
“We have made efforts to provide clarity in version 2.0 of the Draft Media Development Policy that Government has no intent in controlling the media through this policy intervention.”
“The government, through DICT, is aiming to promote the development of the media industry in the country with a vision to make sure it’s self-sustainable, professional, and independent.”
He added, “The Department believes this latest version of the policy was released after a good number of feedback from various stakeholders.”
“For the upcoming workshop, stakeholders will be given the opportunity to share their feedback and comments on the Draft National Media Development Policy.”
“This will help to refine the policy further and ensure that it meets the needs of all stakeholders.”
The event will be held at the Stanley Hotel, and stakeholders from various sectors of the media industry, including media practitioners, civil society representatives, and government officials are expected to attend.
Secretary Matainaho further stated that the workshop is a step towards achieving this goal, and the DICT looks forward to receiving valuable feedback from stakeholders to help improve the Media Development Policy.
“An invite is available to all interested to access the Draft version 2.0 on the official website.”
Click on the link to access the draft v2.0: http://bit.ly/3xXdkLS