Africa

Zanzibar profile - Media

  • 16 June 2015
  • From the section Africa
Zanzibaris scan the papers at a newsstand in Stone Town

The media in Zanzibar come under a different set of regulations to their counterparts in mainland Tanzania.

Press laws are stricter, Reporters Without Borders said in 2010. The watchdog added that media freedom had improved in recent years.

State-owned Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) runs radio and TV stations. They are mouthpieces of the local government, a 2012 study found.

More than 20 radio stations and several TV channels - some of them privately-owned - are licensed.

The BBC broadcasts on FM in Zanzibar (94.1) and Pemba (93.5).

The press

  • Zanzibar Leo (Zanzibar Today) - state-run daily
  • Zanzibar Wiki Hii (Zanzibar This Week) - private, weekly

Television

  • TV Zanzibar - state-run

Radio

  • Voice of Tanzania-Zanzibar - government-operated