EACJ STRIKES OUT ATTORNEY GENERAL’S NOTICE OF APPEAL IN CASE CHALLENGING THE MEDIA SERVICES ACT, 2016

EACJ STRIKES OUT ATTORNEY GENERAL’S NOTICE OF APPEAL IN CASE CHALLENGING THE MEDIA SERVICES ACT, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania

Today on 9th June 2020, the East African Court of Justice’s (EACJ) Appellate Division gave its ruling of the application filed by the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT), Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) and Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC). The three applicants had previously requested the court to strike out the notice of appeal filed by the Attorney General of the United Republic of Tanzania.

It should be recalled that, this application is a part of the series of Reference filed by Media Council of Tanzania (MCT), Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) and Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) at the East African Court of Justice’s (EACJ) first instance division, against the Attorney General of the United republic of Tanzania back in 2017. The three applicants; MCT, THRDC & LHRC were challenging several provisions of the Media Services Act of 2016 for contradicting with provisions of the treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community (EAC).

On 28th March 2020, the Reference was heard for the first time by the first instance division of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) which delivered its judgment in favour of MCT, THRDC and LHRC.

Aggrieved by the EACJ’s decision, the Attorney General of the United Republic of Tanzania filed a notice of appeal on 11th April 2020 to appeal that ruling.

However, despite filing a notice to appeal, the Attorney General of Tanzania failed to take essential and necessary steps, including failing to file an appeal in time. Accordance to Rule 86 of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) Rules of Procedure 2013, the Attorney General of Tanzania was supposed to file his appeal within 30 days from the date he filed a notice or intention of appeal.

Therefore, today on 9th June 2020 the East African Court of Justice’s (EACJ) appellate division delivered the ruling and stroke out the Attorney General’s notice of appeal for failure to take necessary steps in filing the appeal.

Issued by:
Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC)
On 9th June 2020