Canadian journalist Chris Oke never thought when he accepted a position at Journalists for Human Rights, or JHR, in Tanzania that he would be robbed, arrested by police, and witness a government crackdown on the media.
Tanzania has all the trappings of a developing nation struggling to achieve developed nation status. There is a local Swahili saying that translates loosely as "the government takes first," essentially leaving the people to fend for themselves. And so it is not totally unexpected that NGOs are perceived as profit-making schemes.
Can someone back home in Canada kindly mail me a tube of Bengay? If you can't find it, Valium might work. Or horse tranquilizers. I knew that heading off to Tanzania to work as a journalism trainer w...
In Canada, protection of a free press is so ingrained that we almost take it for granted. In Tanzania, unfortunately, one op-ed really can mean the difference between earning a living and the death of an entire paper.