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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:07/11/2021

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"Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru" (Club de la Presse) of this Sunday 07-11-2021 broadcasted in synergy by twelve radio and two TV stations across the country focused on “Freedom of the press and access to information”

Invitees

Studio

Jean Bosco RUSHINGABIGWI / RGB

NTWALI John William /Journalist

HAKUZWUMUREMYI Joseph /Journalist

Phone call:

Gislaine KAYIGI/ National Cyber Security Authority

The invitees pointed out that there has been a step forward in accessing information at the will of the state, where they have enacted laws that can protect journalists for access to information and from publishing it.

Although the law has been enacted, there are still significant barriers to access to information because some institutions including some public, private, commercial, non-governmental and community organizations are not willing to provide information to media.

The invitees also talked about the serious obstacle that the Rwandan media is poor and often lacks the financial capacity to help journalists to have access to information, and the problem of media outlets that use unskilled journalists and are therefore afraid to make stories that protect the public interest.

The guests also said that the poverty of the Rwandan media is one of the reasons why journalists stop working for the professional media and go to YouTube where they say whatever they want to make money.

The invitees also argued that the new law on personal data protection and   privacy which was gazette in October 2021 saying it is a serious threat to journalists, especially those doing investigative journalism.

The invitees expressed the need for support to build media financial capacity as it is one of the factors that will enable the media to be independent and free to operate.

The audience that participated in the talk show via call-ins and SMs said that there is still a problem with freedom of expression where some of citizens are intimidated because they have spoken to the media providing information.

 

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