“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.
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.