DAR ES SALAAM， Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania's parliament on Saturday approved the Media Services Bill 2016 aimed at promoting professionalism in the media industry.
Harrison Mwakyembe， the Minister for Justice and Constitution Affairs， said the new law has been enacted at a time when the media industry in the east African nation was facing a crisis of lack of professionalism.
"The media industry in Tanzania has been invaded by people who do not have the basic ethical qualifications to practise journalism，" he told the House shortly after the MPs approved the Bill in the political capital Dodoma.
The minister said countries across the world were putting in place strict regulations to ensure journalists practised within the law and violations resulted to serious penalties.
Nape Nnauye， the Minister for Information， Culture， Artists and Sports， said there were several amendments made on the final Bill， including the rights and duties of journalists， the rights of media houses