The Executive Secretary of Media High Council, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo urged media practitioners to report any form of misconduct or violation of human rights as well as to inculcate and inform the public about the protection of human rights.
The request was made during the opening session of the training of journalists on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Reporting, conducted from 17-24 December 2018 in different Districts namely Rubavu, Rutsiro, Bugesera, Rwamagana, Huye and Nyamagabe.
The training has been organized by Media High Council in partnership with Great Lakes Initiatives for Human Rights and Development with the support of UNDP.
In his opening remarks, Peacemaker told the participants that some of human Rights violations in Rwanda include Gender Based Violence against minors and domestic violence among others.
On the other side, Stephen Anthony RODRIQUES, the UNDP Resident Representative ai requested journalists to be a voice of the voiceless.
After completing the training, trainees said they learnt a lot from it. Jean Claude Ndayishimiye who works for the Childfocus, is one of the participants. Speaking on behalf of the team that was based in Rubavu and Rutsiro site, he said they gained skills that will help them to professionally report human Rights related stories in their daily job and the team working skills.
“We recommend MHC to organize the second phase of this training and a long term training for us as journalists and even for our media managers. The time of the training was not enough, we want more time for future training so that we can reach many parts of the working erea”. Ndayishimiye said during the training evaluation meeting.
He added the Media High Council and its partner institutions contribute to the awards obtained by journalists in different competitions through media capacity building programs like training that aim at enhancing journalists’ skills so that they can be more professional.
Nizeyimana Jean Pierre from umuseke.rw, appreciated the training, but recommended Media High Council to put more efforts in informing the District Officials early that journalists will need them to balance their news stories.
The training on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Reporting has been attended by 30 journalists from various media houses in Rwanda which include TVs, Radios, online and print media. They produced news stories related to human rights that were published in their respective media outlets.