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MISA Media Institute of Southern Africa and Media Censorship in Tanzania The freedom of Speech the right to bear arms and the right to a speedy and fair trial are some of the things we as American citizens take for granted on a daily basis Unfortunately due to corrupt and unorganized governments citizens of Africa arent always able to reap these benefits Governments censor the media so the people hear only what they want them to hear They wrongly accuse many and sometimes end the situation swiftly by executing the unlucky person There is a source of hope however Non-governmental organizations are private organizations that pursue activities to relieve suffering promote interests of the poor protect the environment provide basic social services and undertake community development projects The basis of these organizations came from outside parties who believed the politically corrupt and ethnically tied governments would be unable to solve the nations problems Another benefit was to start with the grassroots of the nation and provide programs that help the people of Africa help themselves NGOs are value-based organizations that depend on charitable donations and voluntary services The key to the reasons why NGOs are successful is the fact that all money and effort put into the program bypasses the government The government is unable to get their fingers on any money so it then goes directly into the community I chose to research an NGO in the country of Tanzania After Tanzania gained independence in 1961 they made attempts at starting a fair and equally representing government but virtually failed when the power fell into the hands of a monopolistic government By 1967 Tanzanias infrastructure was crumbling and therefore made them one of the least developed countries in the world and has remained so to this day The NGO I chose to research is called MISA which stands for Media Institute of Southern Africa They are an advocacy non-governmental organization that
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