31 media practitioners from different media outlets exercised their rights to access information during a practical training on the implementation of the resolutions of the Africa Day of Information which was celebrated on 7th November 2018 under the theme: “Africa’s Transformation: The role of Access to Information”
The practical training was conducted in different districts, namely Rusizi, Nyamasheke, Musanze, Rulindo, Huye, Gisagara, Bugesera, Rwamagana, Kicukiro, Gasabo and Nyarugenge from 27thNovember to 2nd December. It was preceded by a briefing meeting held at MHC Board room.
Peacemaker MBUNGIRAMIHIGO, the Executive Secretary of Media High Council, in his opening remarks he emphasized on professionalism of journalists. He said there are still some journalists who don’t respect the journalistic code of ethics. So, there is a need to continuously sensitize journalists on compliance with the journalistic code of ethics and professionalism.
“This training is an opportunity for you to enhance your professional skills. To be a professional journalist requires specific skills that can help you report on a given domain.” Peacemaker said
Denyse KANZAYIRE, The Director of Media Content, Research and development Unit at Media High Council briefed journalists on ‘Basic journalism skills’ and on the ‘Access to information Law.
She noted that all journalists should know that according to the law, there is information that they are allowed to report and the information that is prohibited to report. According to the law journalists are not allowed to publish information that may destabilize the national security.
Trainees commended Media High Council for organizing this training as it was fruitful to them.
“The training helped me know the principles of journalism and the production of professional stories,” Yvette Umutesi from Radio Ishingiro said.
“During this training, I learnt how to work on time and share experiences with my colleagues as well as the team work skills. I learnt how to get information from authorities and some media laws,” Paluku Renė Pedro from TV1 Said.
Local leaders appreciated the approach used by Media High Council to take journalists in different districts as it helps them report the image of their districts. Journalists produced news stories and were published through their respective media outlets.
Prepared by MBANANABO Ezechiel
Ag. Public Relations &Communication Officer