Kigali, 28th February 2017, the Media High Council conducted a media practical training on supporting media fraternity initiatives to fight against Genocide Ideology and promote unity and reconciliation. The field training which drawn together 14 journalists, held from 23-28 February 2017, in Musanze and Rubavu District.
The training aims at building capacity of media practitioners to enable them to report on a regular basis by promoting unity and reconciliation among Rwandan citizens and by eradicating Genocide ideology or denial language.
Addressing to trainees, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo, the Executive Secretary of the media high council urged them to use the skills acquired from the training by disseminating information related to fighting against genocide ideology as well as promoting unity and reconciliation among Rwandans.
Dr. Bizimana, the Executive Secretary of CNLG said that there are some comments published on some online media that play a role on promoting hate, genocide denial and ideology. He recommended media managers and editors of online media to be careful on such comments to avoid promoting hate among Rwandans.
“Every citizen have a right of expression but this does not give him or her the right of insulting people or saying everything they want, that is why managers of online media you have the tasks of not publishing hate comments.” He said.
One of the trainees, Adeline Nikuze Ishimwe , from Radio Salus, said that this training helped her know what Genocide ideology is and to know her role in fighting genocide ideology as a journalist.
“From now I know what is genocide ideology and I am committed to play my role in educating Rwandans to eradicate Genocide ideology and promote unity and reconciliation through the articles I will produce and publish”. She said.
NURC published a report on the level of Genocide ideology eradication some districts have been found persistence namely Musanze and Rubavu. It’s for that reason; MHC has organized the training for journalists to investigate news on 2 districts where there is Genocide ideology at high level.