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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Reginald Mengi. Media Ethics & Corruption


In a lecture held at the school’s campus at Kijitonyama in Dar es Salaam Reginald Mengi urged media owners to meet 'challanges' together stating  “there are serious problems with respect to observance of basic media ethics. People don’t go behind the news and investigate to get the truth. Most stories lacking balance result from the influence of corruption'.

Admirable sentiments from Mr. Mengi but unfortunately they are not consistent with the conduct of his own media in the reporting of the Silverdale Farm case.

In November 2005, under the defamatory heading


IPP Media accused British investor Stewart Middleton of theft and fraud. Very serious charges indeed so one would think IPP Media would have gone to great lengths to investigate the truth.

The arrest prompted the following response from the British Government

A close examination of the facts reveal the following issues which were not reported by IPP Media:-

The charges that Mr. Middleton was accused of by IPP Media do not exist in the Penal Code of Tanzania
The complainant was Benjamin Mengi
The charges are a complete fabrication concocted by Inspector Janet of the Moshi Police, together with Benjamin Mengi
The charges were actually charges that Stewart Middleton had reported to the Moshi police of Benjamin Mengi
No charge sheet was available in court
No legal representation was afforded to Mr. Middleton
The arrest was unlawful, Mr. Middleton was taken from the streets of Moshi by armed police, not told why he was being arrested, not cautioned or given legal representation.

The following documents reveal the above facts:-

Mengi states that most stories lacking balance result from the influence of corruption.

No one would disagree with his sentiments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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