04.08.2017
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Media High Council facilitates journalists to cover live 2017 presidential elections.

Kigali, from 3rd to 5th August 2017, the Media High Council facilitated media practitioners   to cover live the 2017 Rwanda’s presidential elections. The training drew together 80 journalists from TV, print, radio and online media houses who have been allocated  in 8 Districts such as  Musanze , Rubavu, Rusizi, Karongi, Kirehe ,Huye, Bugesera, and Nyagatare.

Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo, the Executive Secretary of the Media High Council said that the training aimed at helping  media practitioners to provide comprehensive, accurate, impartial, balanced and fair  live coverage of presidential elections, thus informing  the voters the whole process of elections in all provinces of the country.

Trainees appreciated the training because it helped them get the news on presidential elections from different sites. And it helped them acquire skills on elections reporting.

“I’m very happy because I get the opportunity to cover live presidential elections; we get the chance of arriving at the elections site early in the morning and covering on many different elections sites.”Theogene MANIRAKIZA from Ukwezi.com said.

He added that journalists did a good job during the presidential elections because the articles they published pushed the National Electoral Commission to take decision of giving chance to citizens who did not find the names on voters list   to vote by using their Identity card.

“This training gave me the chance of covering all process of election’s day and informing the public live on the ongoing election process but the very important thing is that I have seen how votes counting were clear in front of observers.”Christophe HITAYEZU from Nonaha.com said 

Jean Baptiste KAREGEYA from PaxPress appreciated how local leaders facilitated journalists during elections to get information on time and how journalists worked together as a team. 

All participants to the training commended the Media High Council for facilitating media practitioners to access different areas of the country to cover live presidential elections. 

As they were on specific fields where the presidential elections took place, this helped them report live and public got the updated information from the beginning up to the end of the elections. For example there were some journalists who reported news stories on the residents who arrived at the election sites early in morning around 3:am on presidential elections day..


DENYSE KANZAYIRE

Public Relations and Communication Officer.