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Rwanda Media Commission Scoops Global Prize – WSIS

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 on 26th May 2015, at the headquarters of the International telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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WSIS Project Prizes – 2015/ WSIS – Geneva

RMC project has been submitted 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 media 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.

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RMC Executive Secretary Julius NDAYISABA with ITU SG Houlin Zhao / WSIS – Geneva

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.

Besides participating in the Summit, attended 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, participated in the Knowledge Café on Innovation, at which they presented a narrative on how innovation is relevant to RMC’s project and work; and participated in an interview by an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) videographer for all prize winners.

The Summit, which started Monday 25th May 2015, ends today this Friday 29th May 2015.

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World Press Freedom Day: Promoting media freedom through self-regulation

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 Message from Rwanda Media Commission on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day 2015

In March 2013 the Rwanda Media Commission was born as part of the wide ranging media reforms in Rwanda. In terms of the broader significance to media freedom, this was a pivotal moment in the sense that it marked the exact moment of media shifting from statutory regulation to self-regulation. Although the Media Law provided for a Media Self-Regulatory Body, it was predicated on journalists themselves forming such a body, which they did, and named it the Rwanda Media Commission. As we celebrate the World Press Freedom Day 2015 therefore, we are also celebrating the institutionalization of the recognition that while media freedom must be exercised within the broader recognition of the rights of others, it is through self-regulation that the delicate balance between the right to free expression and the responsibility that comes with it can be achieved.


This year’s theme “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality and Media Safety in the Digital Age”, directly speaks to the mandate of RMC. As the media self-regulatory body, our mandate is three-fold:

  • To promote, nurture and protect ethical journalism practices through regulating the daily functioning of the media and the conduct of journalists;
  • To defend media freedom; and,
  • To speak on behalf of the media fraternity as a whole, especially in regard to protection of ethical practices and media freedom.

In the last two years, we have raised the profile of the media fraternity as a sector capable of, through peer-review mechanisms, handling issues related to the media sector.

For example, as of April 2015, we have handled a total of 70 cases, with 21 cases coming from journalists/media, 44 cases from the public, and 5 cases from government institutions and officials. Except for two cases under appeal, the rest of the cases have been amicably resolved and both complainants and respondents contented. Besides the cases, we have cultivated a fruitful relationship with key government institutions such as the Rwanda National Police-CID and the office of the public prosecutor, who have, on some occasions, referred cases of media nature to us. For us, this is a measure of the confidence and support for the principle of self-regulation. As Prof. Guy Berger, the UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development has argued, self-regulation is preferred for its capacity to enhance professional standards as opposed to statutory regulation, which, on the contrary, tends to give governments control over who says what and therefore restricts the free flow of ideas.

In spite of many achievements from different fronts, and as the theme for this year’s celebrations suggests, there are emerging challenges that threaten professional journalism. The capabilities provided by the digital age which include the ability to publish individually and from anywhere, the ability to instantly disseminate news, pose new challenges of ensuring that the core values of journalism such as accuracy, truth and verification are adhered to. Rwanda, with its prioritized investment and promotion of new technologies as a model of development, provides a good case study in dealing with these challenges. According to our records at RMC, about 90 news websites have emerged over the last few years. This means that quantitatively, online publishing supersedes the mainstream media sector of newspapers, radio and TV combined. But that may not be the case qualitatively. There are challenges that instant online publishing poses. Besides the less focus on verification and the pressure to be the first to publish, there is the illusion of invisibility or anonymity that online platforms provide. This illusion, and lack of proper verification processes, tends to let in forms of speech and expression, such as hate speech and personal attacks that do not conform to the principles of meaningful dialogue that the media is supposed to support. All these challenges put immense pressure on a regulatory body like RMC.

But as UNESCO reminds us, in these circumstances, self-regulation can provide the defense for the integrity of journalism. As the self-regulatory body, we are working out modalities of tackling the ethical dimension of online content. By doing this, we are looking straight into the future of journalism, that is, digital publishing, but without losing sight of the core, old fashioned values of journalism – truthful, accurate, qualitative and independent reporting. As we celebrate the World Press Freedom Day 2015, let us remind ourselves that the core purpose of journalism is to provide a constructive platform for the exchange of ideas as a basis for promoting an informed citizenry that is a prerequisite for democracy.

Other relevant statements by Different Institution on the 2015 World Press Freedom Day can be viewed at

The New Times: World Press Freedom Day 2015

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World Press Freedom Day Joint statement from the European Heads of Mission in Rwanda (03/05/2015)

World Press Freedom Day Joint statement from the European Heads of Mission in Rwanda (03/05/2015)

On 3 May World Press Freedom Day will be celebrated across all continents.  On this day, we are reminded of the importance of freedom of expression as part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Freedom of expression is one of the essential foundations of the European Union, and it goes together with a free and independent media environment. Independent media constitutes one of the cornerstones of a democratic society.  It facilitates the free exchange of information and ideas, enables human rights, and exposes injustice, abuse and corruption in our societies.

The EU Heads of Mission encourage Rwanda to continue its ongoing media reforms.  The new media laws introduced in 2013 showed the importance that Rwanda places in an open and vibrant media, including underlining the journalistic right of opinion and expression, self-regulation, and prohibition of censorship. The Rwanda Media Commission plays a central role through its self-regulatory mechanism in the application of these reforms. Several EU Member States have helped to support these advances with funding and technical know-how.

The EU is committed to advancing freedom of expression globally, and we look forward to continue working with the Government and people of Rwanda to realise this commitment.

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Journée mondiale de la liberté de la Presse – 3 Mai 2015

Déclaration conjointe des Chefs des Missions diplomatiques de l’Union européenne au Rwanda

La journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse sera célébrée le 3 mai à travers le monde. Cette journée est l’occasion de rappeler l’importance de la liberté d’expression comme partie intégrante de la Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme.

La liberté d’expression est un fondement  essentiel de l’Union européenne qui va de pair avec des médias libres et indépendants. L’indépendance de la Presse constitue une des pierres angulaires de toute société démocratique. Elle est nécessaire à l’échange d’informations et des idées, et à la réalisation des droits humains. Elle permet, également,  de mettre en évidence les injustices, les abus et la corruption.

Les Chefs des Missions de l’UE encouragent le Rwanda à poursuivre  la réforme des Medias en cours. La nouvelle loi sur les médias adoptée en 2013 démontre l’importance que le Rwanda accorde à une presse ouverte et dynamique, soulignant notamment les droits des  journalistes à la liberté d’opinion et d’expression, d’autorégulation, et d’interdiction de la censure. La Commission rwandaise des Medias joue un rôle central dans l’application de ces réformes à travers son mécanisme d’autorégulation. Plusieurs Etats membres de l’Union européenne ont soutenu ces progrès par des financements ou des expertises techniques.

L’UE s’est engagée à promouvoir la liberté de la presse à l’échelle mondiale, et souhaite continuer à travailler avec le Gouvernement et le peuple du Rwanda pour concrétiser cet engagement.

 

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Zoe Compston, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the British High Commission

HE Leoni Cuelenaere, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

HE Peter Fahrenholtz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

HE Michel Flesch, Ambassador of the French Republic

Maria Håkansson, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden

HE Arnout Pauwels, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium

HE Michael Ryan, Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union

Source: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Rwanda

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RMC Project nominated for WSIS Project Prizes 2015

Rwanda Media Commission project entitled “Tackling Ethical Dimension of Online Media Content through Self-Regulation” has been nominated for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes 2015; in the WSIS Action Line “Ethical dimension of the Information Society.

Within this project, RMC has developed strategies dealing with professional and ethical issues related to online media. The main activities which have been identified are: (a) regular monitoring to identify ethical and professional gaps, (b) conversations with editors where ethical gaps have been identified, (c) regular group meetings with web owners and editors, (d) handling complaints from the public related to online media, and (e) disseminating principles of Code of Ethics to online publishers.

The WSIS Project Prizes 2015 contest provides a platform to identify and showcase the success stories and models that could be easily replicated, to empower the community at the local level, to give a chance to everyone to participate in the contest and mainly to recognize the efforts of stakeholders for their added value to society and commitment towards achieving WSIS goals.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is an annual summit, following a pair of United Nations-sponsored conferences about information, communication and the information society that took place in 2003 in Geneva and in 2005 in Tunis.

The contest of WSIS Project Prizes 2015 is organized in five phases from 15 December 2014 till 1 May 2015. The prizes award ceremony will be held during the WSIS Forum 2015 (25 – 29 May 2015) in Geneva, Switzerland.

After the initial scrutiny of all submissions by expert panels through which the nomination list was drawn, the final winners in each of the 18 categories will be determine through a public online voting process, through which the most voted project in their respective categories will be considered the winner.

RMC call upon all stakeholders interested in the grown of media professionalism in Rwanda to vote to its project. To vote RMC “Tackling Ethical Dimension of Online Media Content through Self-Regulation” Project, Click here

We greatly appreciate your support through voting for this project.

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RMC Recommends RURA to Suspend Rwandapaparazzi.rw for one Month

Rwanda Media Commission has recommended  to the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) that the website Rwandapaparazzi.rw be suspended for one month. This was a decision reached by the RMC Ethics Committee in a complaint filed by NZEYIMANA Hussein and NIYONKURU Radju against  the website.

 

The complainants claimed that the website published a story alleging that the two are male sex workers or gigolos, locally known as “abapfubuzi”, in a story with a headline “Biryogo: Abasore 2 baratungwa agatoki n’abakobwa batari bake mu Biryogo ko ari abapfubuzi b’abagore bakuze. AMAFOTO” (“Biryogo: Two young men accused by many girls in Biryogo of sleeping with older women: PHOTOS”) which was published on March 12, 2015 authored by KAWERA Ronald.

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Commissioner Prince BAHATI and Commissioner Dr. NKAKA Raphael during the Verdict

According to Commissioner Prince BAHATI, RCM’s Ethics Committee found that the website Rwandapaparazzi.rw deliberately published unfounded slanderous and defamatory statements against Hussein NZEYIMANA and Radju NIYONKURU.

 

He said: “According to Article 2 of the Rwanda Journalists and Media Practitioners Code of Ethics, a journalist shall consider slander, abuse, libel, defamation and groundless accusations against individuals, groups of individuals, businesses, associations as the most dangerous professional misconduct.”

 

“The article published by a news outlet Rwandapaparazzi.rw which is headed by MUGISHA Frank (VD Frank) was in doubt and have not been factual,” He added.

 

The recommendation of suspending Rwandapaparazzi.rw for one month has been made based on the Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) and Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) of September 12, 2013, in its Article 4, section 6 stipulating that “Rwanda Media Commission shall have the responsibility to propose to the Authority to suspend or revoke the license previously granted to media Organ in case of violation of any Law and regulations relating to media in Rwanda.”

 

This decision comes after several meetings RMC held with online newspapers perceived as frequently spreading obscenities and slanderous stories. The objective of the meetings was to remind each other about journalists and media practitioners’ obligations to the code of ethics vis-à-vis obscenities and violence reporting, resulted in recommendations and devotion to respect the Code of Ethics.

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RMC Condemns the Violation of Rights of Journalists in the activities to select Miss Rwanda 2015

“Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) condemns the actions of the organisers of Miss Rwanda 2015 to block journalists from accessing information from the activities to select contestants because Miss Rwanda is a national pageant which concerns all Rwandans, and as such, is a matter of public interest.”

This is the statement made by  Mr. Fred MUVUNYI, Rwanda Media Commission Chairman during a press conference on Violation of Rights of Journalists in the activities to select Miss Rwanda 2015,  held today 27 January 2014 at RMC premises.

 

Mr. Fred MUVUNYI said that Rwanda Media Commission reprehended this action based on information obtained that some journalists have been denied access to information regarding the process of selecting Miss Rwanda 2015 by Rwanda Inspiration Back Up,  which is organizing the events.

 

He added also that RMC condemned this action after listening to the explanations given by the leadership of Rwanda Inspiration Back Up Ltd, that some journalists are denied rights to access some of the activities of Miss Rwanda 2015, due to agreements of exclusivity of rights signed between the organisers and Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA), which limit full access by other media houses.

 

“RMC found also that two Journalists from IGIHE.com, (MUNYENGABE Sabin and KALINDA Brendah), in particular have been suspended by the organisers from covering or reporting on activities to select Miss Rwanda 2015 for their media outlet because of publishing a story critical of the selection process,” he added.

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According to Law No. 04/2013 of 08/02/2013 on Access to Information, in its Article 3, Clause 1: ‘Every person has a right to access information in possession of a public organ and some private bodies.’ The Article 10, clause 1 says ‘the provision of information is an obligation without fee’.

 

RMC Chairman, Fred MUVUNYI told the journalists that Rwanda Media Commission requests all parties—government institutions and private entities to consider reviewing the provisions of the laws before signing any agreements in regard to information and advertising to ensure that the rights of journalists to access information are not violated.

 

Mr. Fred MUVNYI admired also different public and private institutions that do all their best to impart information with journalists; and he also rendered thank to the Ministry of Sport and Culture to their assurance that what happened will not happen again.

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RMC Urges Journalists to be Responsible

Journalists working with local community radio stations have been urged to play their watchdog role by practicing responsible and accurate reporting.

 

Addressing journalists from RC HUYE and Radio SALUS during the 1st phase, day two of the Awareness Campaign to popularize the mandate of Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) – The Media Self-Regulatory in Rwanda; RMC commissioner Mr. BAHATI Prince noted that local media should strike a balance between freedom and social responsibility that benefits the communities they operate in, by avoiding unverified and inaccurate reports/ broadcasting.

 

He said free media is essential for democracy and community development and asked journalists to observe the Rwanda Journalists and Media Practitioners Code of Ethics, and always verify their stories to avoid misreporting, plagiarism and sensationalism.

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RMC Commissioners and staff at Radio Maria Studios – Day 1 Awareness Campaign

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RMC Commissioner Cleophas BARORE on air at HUGUKA Radio Station

The 1st phase of RMC Awareness Campaign covered 5 community radio stations based outside Kigali (4 radios from the Southern Province: Radio Maria, Radio HUGUKA, RC HUYE, Radio SALUS and 1 radio station from the Western Province: Radio ISANGANO).

 

Prince BAHATI said local community radio stations should make use of the airwaves and broadcast educative materials and development programmers that properly informs members of the public as a contribution to fighting ignorance.

 

He reiterated the government’s commitment of implementing comprehensive media reforms meant to create a free, independent, professional and vibrant media sector.

 

From these reforms came the Law No 02/2013 of 08/02/2013, Law regulating Media that provided for Media Self-Regulation and set the process for the Media Self-Regulatory Body, an independent body established and managed by journalists.

 

On the 3rd day of the campaign, Emma Claudine NTIRENGANYA, another commissioner, during discussion with Radio ISANGANO, a community radio station located in KARONGI district, Western Province, said that journalists should not use the power of journalism to damaging other people’s image.

 

“You must not use the power of journalism to malign or defame other people,” she said.

 

At the same time, Commissioner Emma Claudine urged the media practitioners to be responsible and verify information before going to press.

 

The Rwanda Media Commission has been mandated by the Law regulating Media in Rwanda with functions such as accreditation of journalists and registration of media outlets to ensure professional standards in the media industry.

 

RMC regards the awareness campaign as very vital to the achievements of its principal mission to represent the broader interests of media in Rwanda and to effectively ensure compliance with the Code of Ethics.

 

This ongoing campaign is aimed at creating awareness of the Rwanda Media Commission’s mandate; discussing current trends in the media profession and ways of overcoming them; disseminating of the Journalists and Media Practitioners Code of Ethics, and mobilization of the media houses and their journalists to seek accreditation as provided by Rwanda Media Law and the memorandum of understanding signed between RMC and Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority.

 

The 2nd phase of the Awareness Campaign will involve the Eastern, Northern and Western provinces, with visits to community radio stations namely RC NYAGATARE, IZUBA community radio, Radio ISHINGIRO, RC MUSANZE, RC RUSIZI and RC RUBAVU.

 

More photos of the Campaign:

– RMC Awareness Campaign Day 1- Radio MARIA and Radio HUGUKA

– RMC Awareness Campaign Day 2 – RC HUYE and Radio SALUS

– RMC Awareness Campaign Day 3 – Radio ISANGANO

 

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ISANGANO Journalists in a group photo with RMC Staff and Commissioners

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RMC Commissioners Me MUCYO Donatien and Dr. NKAKA Raphael on ISANGANO Radio

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RMC advises online newspapers on spreading obscenities

On Wednesday, 17th December 2014 the Rwanda Media Commission held a meeting with 10 online newspapers seen as higher newspapers in spreading obscenities; with objective of reminding each other about journalists and media practitioners’ code of ethics vis-à-vis obscenities and violence reporting.

 

Mr. IBAMBE Jean Paul, RMC Legal Officer emphasized on the journalists’ responsibilities, professional journalism ethics and how journalists have to respect their profession.

 

“Journalists and media practitioners must be aware of their responsibilities to the general public, serving the truth innate within our culture, upholding and preserving the respect and prestige of the press, being accountable,” he said.

Online Journalists and RMC staff in a meeting

Online Journalists and RMC staff in a meeting

The 7th article of the Rwanda Journalists’ and Media practitioners’ code of ethics was the cornerstone of the meeting. It states: “Violence and obscenities: a journalist shall avoid broadcasting or publishing news inciting violence or obscene news encouraging hostility or other illegal activities.

 

Prosper KWISANGA, Rwandapals.com owner asked when a journalist doesn’t have the right to publish a story referring while having facts about a certain issue.

 

According to the Rwanda Journalists and Media practitioners’ code of ethics amended on 5th April, 2014; the following are some restrictions during publications or broadcasts:

 

–      Article 4. Incitement to hatred: a journalist shall avoid broadcasting or publishing biased information inciting to racial, tribal, ethnic, religious hatred or hatred based on sex, age social status, disability, any disease or health status of the people mentioned or anything likely to serve as a basis for stigmatization.

–      Article 6: Respect for private life and human dignity: (b) a journalist should not open to ridicule the undergo including minors, the old, the bereaved and any other underprivileged person or communities.

–      Article 7: Violence and obscenities: a journalist shall avoid broadcasting or publishing news inciting violence or obscene news encouraging hostility or other illegal activities.

–      Article 8: Protection of minors and victims of rape: (b) She/he (a journalist) shall be careful not to identify the names of victims of rape whether minors or otherwise, take care not to publish their pictures and photos or details likely to lead to their identification, except if this serves the child’s interests.

–      Article 18: Presumption of innocence: (b) While handling any legal information, they (journalists) shall avoid establishing any individual’s relationship with the suspect, or referring to his or her ethnic group, tribe, religion, sex, family or friends, unless their mention serves public interest.(d) However, if suspects are less than 18 years of age, a journalist shall be careful not to broadcast or publish their pictures or photos.

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During this meeting, participants took a way forward of respecting journalists and media practitioners’ code of ethics.  They also devoted to respect Rwandan cultural values on the subject of obscenities reporting; and to work together with the Media Self-Regulatory Body (RMC) in implementing its mandate.

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3rd Ordinary General Assembly kicked off

On 12th December 2014, the Rwanda Media Commission, Media Self-Regulatory Body has held its Third      Ordinary General Assembly Meeting that aimed at assessing RMC achievements within one year of its establishment, to share and recommend to possible solutions and to address the current challenges facing media self-regulation in Rwanda.

The event was held at Sports View Hotel, in Kigali and involved participants from Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Agency and US Embassy representative, Non-Governmental Organizations, Local journalists and media institutions, local media owners and media managers among others.

While opening this General Assembly, Mr. Fred MUVUNYI, RMC Chairman, said that the Third Ordinary General Assembly was aimed at assessing RMC’s achievements in its one year of existence.

According to MUVUNYI, the Rwandan media industry has improved compared to the previous years, as journalists continue to cover and report their stories in an objective and professional manner.

Mr. Fred MUVUNYI, RMC Chairman speaking during the 3rd Ordinary General Assembly

“The RMC was set up a year ago and since then we have received 49 complaints of which 39 have been resolved, which indicates that this organization is essential to deal with issues affecting the media sector and promoting and safeguarding professional journalism,” Muvunyi said.

According to the chairman, since its formation, the Commission has established partnerships with several government and international organizations which include among others the Rwanda Governance Board, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority, and the United Nations Development Program, which helped the body to operate more efficiently.

Mr. Fred MUVUNYI noted that after setting up RMC, the number of journalists who used to face harassment and arrests from government institutions, especially the police, has drastically reduced as the institution now advocates for press freedom on their behalf.

“Although the objective of setting up RMC was to promote press freedom, and responsible and accountable media, there is a need for the media practitioners to avoid making destructive stories but rather articles which reflect the interests of society.” He highlighted.

Rwanda Media Commission Challenges (one year after its establishment)

Despite of the progress so far made by the RMC, Fred MUVUNYI, RMC Chairman noted that the organization still faces a number of challenges which include insufficient funds to run all its activities, adding that their operational costs are still high compared to the work they execute (activity costs).

In addition, some institutions and media houses still don’t understand RMC mandate and lack professionalism in journalism, which is why the organization in collaboration with other stakeholders will continue to focus on awareness campaigns among the media practitioners on how they can improve their professionalism and to clearly understand RMC’s duties, responsibility as well as its mandate.

The Rwanda Media Commission has three mandates: defending media freedom, speaking on behalf of the media especially for the promotion and protection of ethical principles as well as press freedom, and protecting and nurturing ethical journalistic practices in the country.

It was instructed by law no. 02/2013 of 08/02/2013 concerning media regulation, especially in its article 2, and established by Rwandan journalists in their general assembly of August 27, 2013.

Participants during the 3rd Ordinary General Assembly

Participants during the 3rd Ordinary General Assembly

During this 3rd Ordinary General Assembly, Mr. Fred MUVUNYI, RMC Chairman proclaimed the Commission new staff and acknowledge their hard work within only one month they operated.

– Mr. NDAYISABA Julius: Executive Secretary

– Mr. SIBOMANA Eugene: Communications and Public Relations Officer

– Mr. IBAMBE Jean Paul: Legal Officer

– Mrs. NDAYIKUNDA Lydia: Legal Officer

– Mr. MUNYENTWALI Jean Maurice: Media Monitoring and Accreditation Officer

– Mr. HABIMANA Gilbert: Accountant

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Rwanda Media Commission New staff

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Professional Journalism – Tips from Fred MUVUNYI, RMC Chairman  

“From a sad and shamefully biased, and hate media that played a part in the 1994 genocide, the media fraternity resolve to adopt, promote and abide by principles designed to build a strong, independent, vibrant and responsible media”, said Fred MUVUNYI

 

Mr. Fred MUVUNYI, Rwanda Media Commission Chairman uttered this to NiNyampinga Journalists during a Life Skills Workshop which took place this Wednesday 10th December, 2014; with a purpose of equipping Ni Nyampinga journalists with skills and tools to support them in their next steps, as they are coming to the end of their time with Ni Nyampinga.

 

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NiNyampinga Journalists in their Life Skills Workshop

During these trainings, Mr. Fred MUVUNYI said Rwandan media have often been blamed for being an instigator of the 1994 Genocide.

 

Regarding this, journalists, editors, and publishers are aware of their responsibilities to the general public, serving the truth innate within o culture, upholding and preserving the respect and prestige of the press, being accountable.

 

“The Code of Ethics instructs journalists to seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently, and be accountable. Meanwhile, this code was to build a professional journalism”, he said.

 

Holding a talk on “Overview of Local Media Law and Ethics with information on how to become a professional journalist” Mr. Fred MUVUNYI came up with some tips to stand a professional journalist:

 

–      The Professional Journalist does not spread false information. She/he does not write articles based on groundless assumptions or predictions.

–      The Professional Journalist does not use abusive, vulgar, or otherwise offensive language constituting a personal attack.

–      The Professional Journalist does not damage the reputation of others by composing articles that infringe on personal privacy.

–      The Professional Journalist does not use his position for unjust gain, or otherwise seek personal profit.

–      The Professional Journalist does not exaggerate or distort facts on behalf of himself or any organization to which he belongs.

–      The Professional Journalist apologizes fully and promptly for coverage that is wrong or otherwise inappropriate.

–      The Professional Journalist uses legitimate methods to gather information, and clearly informs his sources of the intention to cover a story.

 

Ni Nyampinga is a brand aimed at inspiring and enabling adolescent girls in Rwanda, with a mission to reframe and reposition the value of girls by creating a dynamic teen culture and positive collective identity for girls.

 

Currently Ni Nyampinga is a magazine and radio show – both designed to elevate the voice and agency of Rwandan adolescent girls, ad inspire decision makers and communities to believe in and actively foster her potential.

 

Attentive, NiNyampinga listening to RMC's Chairman guidelines

Attentive, NiNyampinga listening to RMC’s Chairman guidelines

SUGI Patricia, Ni Nyampinga journalists trainer at Girl Hub Rwanda (On her laptop)

SUGI Patricia, Ni Nyampinga journalists trainer at Girl Hub Rwanda (On her laptop)

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