Every year Rwanda Journalists Association (ARJ) in collaboration with Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), the Media High Council (MHC) and Rwanda Media Commission, the Media Self-Regulatory Body organizes Development Journalism Awards to recognize and promote excellence and professionalism in the media sector. The awards include categories whose winners are determined through public votes; and it is in that framework that the Rwanda Media Self-Regulatory Body has secured a grant to conduct the public votes under a mini-survey.
Interested consultants should submit well written bids written in English, to Rwanda Media Commission premises located at Remera, Gasabo District, Amahoro Stadium Road KG 17 not later than 27 September, 2017 5:00 pm. local time. Late bids shall be rejected.
I. Objectives of the Consultancy
The Mini-survey is aimed at identifying winners in the following DJA categories:
- Best anchor/Presenter: Each interested Media House will submit names of one person they deem to be their best presenter/anchor and the names will be submitted to respondents.
- Most Popular Radio Station: Respondents will be asked to name the Radio station they most listen to.
- Best Online publication: Respondents will be asked to name the online media outlet they most visit.
- Upcoming TV: Respondents will be given the list of private Tvs operating in Rwanda and they will be asked to tick their favorite station
- Life Time achievement: The panel of judges will choose the best three longest serving journalists and their names will be submitted to the public to choose the best of them all.
- Best Tv and Radio Drama: Shortlisted Radio (3) and Tv (3) Dramas will be subjected to a public vote through a mini-survey.
Note that last year’s winners in public votes are not eligible in this year’s public votes but they can compete in other categories. And those are
- Best anchor / Presenter TV: Bienvenue Redemptus
- Best Presenter/Radio: Jean Daniel SINDAYIGAYA
- Most Popular Radio Station: Radio Rwanda
- Best online publication: Igihe.com
- Upcoming Tv : TV1
- Life Time achievement: Cleophas Barore
II. Scope of Work
The Mini-survey will consist in reaching out to respondents who will give answers to a number of prepared questions which in turn will help to determine winners in DJA public vote categories:
II.1 Sample Size
The sample for the Mini survey will be 600 respondents and their proportional break-up is as follow:
- Ordinary citizens: 400
- Public relation officers/communication officers/spokespersons: 20
- Journalists/media managers/chief editors: 100
- Students and lecturers from schools of journalism (UR, ICK, Mount Kenya, and Kigali Christian University) : 80
II. 2. Area
The City of Kigali (Kicukiro, Gasabo, Nyarugenge), and one district per each of the four provinces of Rwanda: Muhanga (Southern Province), Rulindo (Northern Province), Bugesera (Eastern Province) and Ngororero (Western Province).
III. Description of Tasks
The selected consultant will perform the following tasks
- Submit a proposed work plan in an initial inception report
- Prepare a draft questionnaire
- Conduct advance testing of the proposed questionnaire to ensure that the questions are clearly formulated and intelligible to respondents.
- Have the questionnaire in both Kinyarwanda and English to facilitate understanding by respondents
- Mobilize an adequate number of qualified data collection personnel to ensure that the field survey gets completed within agreed time
- Carry out the mini-survey based on the approved work plan and questionnaire
- Submit a progress report on a regular basis
- Handover the row data to Rwanda Media Commission for tallying
- Provide a compiled report about the whole data collection process
- Inception report with a detailed work plan
- Proposed questionnaire
- Regular Progress
- Submission of raw data alongside with final report.
V .Qualification and Eligibility
The interested consultants should be tax registered firms or individuals with proven experience and deep knowledge of Rwanda’s media sector. Having a previous background in conducting studies and surveys in the media sector is an added advantage. The consultants should be adequately staffed and equipped to conduct such works.
The consultant will be required to complete the assignment in two (2) weeks after signing the contract with Rwanda Media Commission.
VII. Selection Process
The consultant will be selected in accordance with the criteria laid down in point VI on qualifications and Eligibility. Also the consultant will be hired basing on the principle of the lowest bidder.
Criteria, sub-criteria, and point system for the evaluation of Full Technical Proposals are:
- General experience of the firm in the field: 5points;
The company to provide a proof of five years of existing, each year equals to 1 points
- Relevant experience in similar services: 5 points;
The company to provide two certificates/ recommendation letters from reputable organizations , each one is 2,5 points ,
- Quality of the methodology proposed: 10 points;
- The methodology/strategic activities;
- Work plan
Team Leader and the staff
VIII. Terms of Payment for this consultancy will be as follows
- 30 % to be paid upon signature of the contract and submission of the inception report;
- 30% to be paid upon submission of the validated research instrument report;
- 40 % to be paid upon submission of the row data alongside with the final report.
For the quality assurance of the mini-survey, the consultancy team will be under the supervision of Rwanda Media Commission and Rwanda Governance Board through its Media Sector Development Department.
Done at Kigali
On 22 September 2017
Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) ishingiye ku bubasha ihabwa n’Itegeko No. 02/2013 ryo kuwa 08/02/2013 ; ishingiye kandi ku biteganywa n’Amahame Ngengamyitwarire y’Umwuga w’Itangazamakuru mu Rwanda nk’uko yahinduwe kuwa 5 Mata 2014 no ku isesengura ryakorewe ikiganiro umunyamakuru MURAMIRA Regis yakoze tariki 24 Kanama 2017 mu gitondo kuri City Radio 88.3 FM kikagaragaramo amakosa y’umwuga;
RMC ishingiye ku ngingo ya 2 y’Amahame ngengamyitwarire y’umwuga w’Itangazamakuru mu Rwanda igira iti « …Umunyamakuru… agomba kumenya ko guharabika, gutukana, gusebanya no gushinja ibinyoma yaba abantu, amatsinda, amasosiyete y’ubucuruzi, amashyirahamwe, imiryango cyangwa ibihugu ari amakosa akomeye y’umwuga.»
RMC yandikiye MURAMIRA Regis imwihanangiriza kubera amakosa y’umwuga yamugaragayeho mu kiganiro yakoze kuwa 24 Kanama 2017 kuri City Radio 88.3 FM nk’uko biteganywa n’ingingo ya 29 y’Amahame ngengamyitwarire y’umwuga w’itangazamakuru mu Rwanda.
Rwanda Media Commission yamusabye gusaba imbabazi kubera amakosa yakoze, mu kiganiro cya siporo akorera kuri City Radio 88.3 FM bitarenze tariki 31 Kanama 2017.
RMC monitored sampled morning Radio talk shows on five identified radio stations focusing on elections related content that was aired in the period of 13th, 14th and 20th July, 2017.
The report measured prominence given to election related topics in the talk shows; Discourse on presidential candidates’ agendas and manifestos; Developmental related issues discussed in the talk shows that reflecting to public interests in EDPRS II; And if the talk shows gave priority to educate voters on election process.
The overall results indicate that the talk shows performed the duty to fully and accurately inform and educate the public and specifically the electorate on the elections related information to enable them make informed decision. They however underperformed on providing due attention in there talk shows on central issues of public interest such poverty, youth employment, and rural development as highlighted in the EDPRS II as key concerns that the public would be interested in hearing from the presidential candidates. This may however be analysed as not being a problem given the fact that these issues may have received special coverage in other specific programs such as newscasts and live debates especially by the public broadcaster.
The findings also reveal that candidates’ agendas and manifestos were discussed and this is an indication that the media impartially focused on news related to candidates and elections to enable the public to be informed about agenda and manifesto.
Conclusively, RMC advises journalists and media houses to continue performing intensively but also professionally in order to serve Rwandans in exercising their civil and political rights on the eve of presidential elections on 4th August, 2017.
Click here to Download: Monitoring Report on Elections July2017
With Support from UNESCO and the Government of Sweden, series of media interaction sessions organized and conducted jointly by Rwanda Media commission and Rwanda National Police that engaged the public order and law enforcers (Police & DASSO Officers), members of the media fraternity and local government officials as well, were concluded with call and commitment to partnership between the media, public order and law enforcers and local government.
Since April to 11th July 2017, six (6) media interactions sessions were conducted between the media and police under the theme: “Strengthening Partnership for Quality Service Delivery.”
During the period, the interactions took place in form of outreach seminars on the following dates: Eastern Province: on 8th June 2017, Western Province: on 30th June 2017, Northern Province: on 6th July 2017 and Southern Province on 7th July 2017 with a climax meeting that took place at Rwanda National Police Headquarters on 11th July 2017.
Speaking to the participants at the closing media interaction session held at Rwanda National Police Headquarters, the Guest of Honor, The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Hon. Busingye Johnston commended the growing trends of media professionalism in Rwanda and reiterated the need for responsible and professional coverage of Presidential election processes. “…Today we have the most professional media that is diverse, well informed, and serving the interest of the people.” He noted.
The Hon. Minister further commended RMC and RNP for organizing the media interaction sessions, and called for more collaborative efforts between the Police and media as well as the public to particularly ensure that, the forthcoming presidential campaigns and elections are conducted in a safe and secure environment.
“The election preparations are meant to ensure that rights of everyone are fully respected, and security maintained through collaborative efforts among all actors including the general public,” Minister Busingye said.
The meeting was also attended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Emmanuel K. Gasana, Deputy IGP in charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza, the Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Charles Munyaneza, the Executive Secretary of Rwanda Media Commission (RMC),Senior Government Officials, Media practitioners, representatives of different media development partners and senior Police officials among others.
During the meeting, Rwanda National Police and the Electoral Commission guaranteed the safety of journalists and access to information during elections.
The Executive Secretary of Rwanda Media Commission presented to the participants the guidelines for media coverage of elections which mainly reminded the journalists there duty to the nation, to the public (electorate) and to the candidates.
Over 600 booklets of the code of ethics were distributed in these media interaction sessions to help the participants and the general public understands better the rights and obligation of journalists and their role in society.
Almost all sessions conducted at provincial levels provided a platform of dialogue and in-depth discussions between journalists, governors, high ranking security officers and local government leaders mainly district mayors. Commitments to put in place mechanisms meant to enable the effective access to information by journalists including their protection on duty were made in all provinces where these dialogues were conducted.
Also a number of resolutions were recommended and adopted during the meetings and most of them were focusing on guaranteeing the effective service delivery to the public. The major outcome of these media interaction session is the advancement of an enabling environment for media to serve its role in promoting accountable governance. It was recommended also that such interactions should be conducted on regular basis to enhance the working relations with the media as a key partner in national development.
In pictures, the 11th Media Police interaction session:
Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), the Rwanda media self-regulatory Body mandated to regulate the daily functioning of the media and the conduct of journalists released the Rwanda Journalists’ guidelines for election coverage meant to be used by the media practitioners and the media houses when covering elections related events. The guidelines are in three languages: Kinyarwanda, French and English.
Download the Rwanda Journalists’ guidelines for election coverage here: Guideline
The Rwanda media Self-regulatory body (Rwanda Media commission) jointly with Rwanda National Police have organized regular interaction session between the public order and law enforcers (Police & DASSO Officers) and members of the media fraternity under the theme: “Strengthening Partnership for Quality Service Delivery.” During the first interaction held on 3rd April 2017, a twelve-point resolutions were adopted at the end of the one day Rwanda National Police, District Administration Security Support Organs (DASSO) and the Rwanda media fraternity interaction session, aimed at enhancing a better working relationship between the security forces and the media in Rwanda.
The day-long session was graced by representatives from the Swedish embassy, UNESCO, Legal Aid Forum, Rwanda Governance Board, Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority, National Commission for the Fight against Genocide, and the National Public Prosecution Authority among others.
The opening session was officiated by the Honorable Minister of Justice and Attorney General Hon. Busingye Johnston .He highlighted that Professional journalism is about serving the interest of the people when it comes to crime prevention and compliance with the law, your commitment to public safety is highly valued.
The chairperson of Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), Cleophas Barore, said that in a period of four years, RMC has mediated and adjudicated over 200 filed complaints and none of them was handled by either the Police or judicial courts of law.This achievement was considered a success story by the guest honor, Hon. Busingye who stated that the Rwanda courts have been laid off the burden of media related cases but much more guaranteed the constitutional rights of freedom of expression by journalists.
UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa was represented by Ms Lydia Gachungi, the regional expert for safety of journalists and media development who urged the media national stakeholders to establish a national mechanism for safety, taking into account that the safety of journalists concerns cannot be addressed by any single institution or organization. “Safety of Journalists can be addressed comprehensively by tackling the three Ps which are prevention, protection and prosecution. There is need to elaborate who the stakeholdersof such a mechanism should be, whom such mechanism should cover not forgetting citizen journalists and bloggers and the design considering the country historical and current context,” Ms. Gachungi reiterated.
The Police spokesperson, ACP Theos Badege indicated that the relationship between media and police is improving compared to previous years where incidents of friction between police and media was adversarial. He however called on the journalist to always carry their identification documents with them for the police to ensure their security while on duty.
Participants to this session that included high ranking police officers,District administration security services officers ,journalists ,academicians and senior government representatives present deliberated on key issues to advance ethical reporting of legal and justice matters, safety of journalists, rights and obligations and responsible coverage of the commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
In his closing remarks, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Emmanuel Gasana advised that the adopted 12 resolutions should rather be action points to ensure that impact is attained.
The resolutions centered on ensuring ethical reporting of legal and justice matters, safety of journalists, responsible coverage of the commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and empowering Rwanda Media Commission to effectively monitor the media performance.
With Support from UNESCO and the Government of Sweden, the Rwanda National Police and the media fraternity in Rwanda are holding six Police – Media interaction sessions at the national and regional level in the month of April and May 2017. This follows a the resolutions of the training of Police and journalists on safety of journalists which took place in April 2016 and resolutions of the meeting of 20th June 2016 where participants recommended regular interaction sessions between Rwanda National Police (RNP) and media fraternity.
Rwanda’s security is intact, the Minister for Justice, Johnston Busingye, said yesterday, as he called for continued partnership at all levels to sustain what has been achieved.
The Minister made the remarks while officiating at the opening of a one-day Police-Media interaction session held at Police headquarters under the theme; “Strengthening Partnership for Quality Service Delivery.” The session is held on a quarterly basis.
“Professional journalism is about serving the interest of the people, precisely when it comes to crime prevention and compliance with the law… your commitment to public safety is highly valued,” the Minister said.
He reminded journalists that their work serves as an enabler for the nation’s development.
“The government is proud of the important role the media is playing by being good advocates for citizen interests.”
“Crimes affect all of us, including criminals themselves. We should all desist from crime to avoid its consequences. All Rwandans should work towards a country that’s free from illicit drugs, corruption, cyber-enabled crimes, theft, Gender Based Violence and any other crime,” he said.
He particularly emphasized the role of the media in championing the ongoing efforts against trafficking, distribution and use of narcotics.
“Drug-related crimes should be dealt with because of their adverse effects on humanity.”
He further highlighted that although Rwanda remains safe, emerging cross-border security threats such as terrorism and technology-facilitated crimes remain a global concern that requires collective approach.
The chairperson of Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), Cleophas Barore, said that, “of the 200 cases we have handled in the last four years, none of those has been referred to the Police….besides that, these interactions help bridge the gap between the Police and the media.”
While closing the session, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K Gasana said that; “the security architecture was set by all agencies and it incorporates all players including the media, the general public and other public and private entities which has facilitated easy access to information.”
He also called for partnership especially in the forthcoming 23rd commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The day-long session was attended by representative from the Swedish embassy, UNESCO Legal Aid Forum, Rwanda Governance Board, Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority, National Commission for the Fight against Genocide, and the National Public Prosecution Authority.
Senior Police officers, journalists and experts present deliberated on working relations between the media and police, ethical reporting of legal and justice matters, safety of journalists, rights and obligations and responsible coverage of the commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), a media self-regulatory body, on Wednesday suspended Assouman Niyonambaza, the publisher of Rugari newspaper, for three months and ordered him to temporarily hand over his press card.
An RMC disciplinary committee concluded that Niyonambaza, the publisher and senior writer of Rugari, defamed the University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (UTAB) in successive articles published early last year.
The committee was hearing an appeal lodged by Niyonambaza who had challenged a decision taken by the same body last year.
Based on Rugari’s stories in two issues published in March and April last year, RMC had earlier found the publisher guilty of spreading malicious rumors, defamation and invasion of privacy among other charges.
He was also found guilty of publishing not allowing the other side to comment, publishing sensationalised headlines and failure to draw a line between a news story and an opinion piece.
UTAB had filed the case to RMC in June the varsity presenting two stories published in Rugari newspaper one alleging that UTAB management had mismanaged a tender worth Rwf856m, while the other article called for urgent intervention at the Gicumbi-based institution.
In June last year, RMC found that Rugari newspaper breached professional ethics and ordered Niyonambaza to publish errata setting the record straight on both articles.
Other sanctions at the time included ordering the newspaper to write a formal apology UTAB management which prompted Niyonambaza to appeal against the decision.
To hear the appeal, RMC in January this year assigned a disciplinary committee to look into the appeal case and the committee, which was headed by Donatien Mucyo, a lawyer, consulted both parties.
The team therefore resolved to temporarily withdraw Niyonambaza’s press card for a period of three months on top of writing an apology to the university management.