Kigali, 26th May 2015
Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), the Media Self-regulatory Body in Rwanda, has scooped a global prize in tackling the ethical dimensions of the information society at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) currently underway in Geneva, Switzerland. The prize award ceremony was conducted today 26th May 2015, at the headquarters of the International telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland.
The World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2015 represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The WSIS Forum, co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line Facilitators/Co-Facilitators, is a co-ordination mechanism for multistakeholder activities, information exchange, creation of knowledge, sharing of best practices as well as public/private partnerships to advance development goals through Information and Communication Technologies. As part of the activities of the Summit, prizes are awarded to excellent global projects in the ICT sector in 18 categories through a global competitive process.
RMC submitted a project in the category “Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society”. RMC’s project is titled “Tackling Ethical Dimensions of Online Media Content through Self-regulation”. The project summarizes the impact of the fast growing online media sector on media regulation in Rwanda, and how RMC as a self-regulatory body is dealing with the ethical and professional dimensions of this sector. It highlights RMC’s approach which includes regular meetings with online news editors based on the Code of Ethics, regular conversations with editors when ethical gaps are noted, and a plan of developing online complaints handling procedures. After two phases of evaluation, RMC’s project made it to the nomination stage which included 7 projects in this category to be voted for by stakeholders. The voting resulted in the RMC project being amongst the top three most voted for and appreciated projects in this category. Finally, a jury selected the RMC project as the best in the above-mentioned category.
The WSIS Project Prizes is a unique recognition for excellence in the implementation of WSIS outcomes and provides a platform to identify and showcase success stories and models that could be easily replicated and particularly recognize the efforts of stakeholders for their added value to the society and commitment towards achieving WSIS goals.
An RMC delegation of three people is currently in Geneva to participate in the WSIS and accept the prize which will be awarded on the morning of Tuesday 26 May 2015. They are Mr. Julius NDAYISABA who is the Executive Secretary of Rwanda Media Commission) and two Commissioners, Mrs. Emma – Claudine NTIRENGANYA and Mr. MUCYO Donatien. Besides participating in the Summit, the RMC delegation will: attend the launch of the publication “WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2015”, which is a compilation of the extended descriptions of the 18 winning projects, including RMC’s project; participate in the winners’ exhibition through display of posters and other visibility materials about the work of RMC, participate in the Knowledge Café on Innovation, at which they will present a narrative on how innovation is relevant to RMC’s project and work; and participate in an interview by an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) videographer for all prize winners. The Summit, which started Monday 25th May 2015, will end on Friday 29th May 2015.
The Ag. Chairman
Rwanda Media Commission
(Media self-Regulatory Body)
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