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Projet:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:11/04/2021

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Rwanda has started commemoration of the darkest period of its history; the 1994 Genocide committed against Tutsi where more than one million Tutsi were massacred within a hundred days.

Rwandan radio, the biggest and most influential medium in the country, played a crucial part in the tragedy and today, 27 years after the genocide, Rwanda is trying to rebuild the media system as well as the trust between the public and the journalists.

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru (Club de la Presse) talk show of this Sunday 11-04-2021 broadcasted in synergy by ten radios across the country and a Television (TV Isango star) focused on “What do the current media learn from the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda?"

Guests:

1. Jean Bosco Rushingwabigwi/ Former lecturer at national University of Rwanda 

2. Sam Gody Nshimiyimana / Journalist in genocide era

3. Mutesi Scovia /Journalist

The invitees first explained the background of the media before the genocide and during the genocide, stating that media was not professional because there was no media law to comply with or media schools to teach journalism ethics.

The invitees expressed a lack of conscience on the part of some journalists who were tools of the existing bad government regardless of public service, citing examples of some media outlets such as RTLM, Kangura.... and some journalists like  Nahimana Ferdinand, Ngeze hassan, Kantano, Noheli,who were  used like government tools to spread hatred messages.

For the current media, after the genocide the media began to rebuild, establishing schools, media law, various organizations in the field of professionalism.

However, the guests criticized some of the current media and journalists who are still falling in the same trap being used to write scandalous stories; arguing regulatory institutions that if nothing done this could create problems in the public, calling for the authorities to address the issue.

The conclusion of the talk show was that journalists should read and understand the history of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi so that they are able to disseminate accurate information to the public and play their role in fighting the Genocide ideology.

The media must conduct deep analysis on the content that they need to disseminate to the public

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