Media practitioners acquire skills on judicial cases reporting

Journalists are Interviewing abunzi in Rubavu District

Kigali, March 12nd, 2018, The Media High Council opens a 10 day training sessions of 27 journalists from different media houses on judicial issues reporting. The aforementioned training aims at improving their capacity to professionally cover events and issues related to justice cases. The exercise kicked off on March 12, and is expected to close on March 21st, 2018.

Media is the fourth estate or fourth power that yields a significant influence on a society. Reporting and covering courthouse cases have been important skills to media and citizens for several reasons. Media coverage for the courts system fulfils part of the watchdog’s function of the media and there is a great deal of public interest in what the courts do, particularly in criminal cases among other reasons.

The Director of media content, Research and Development Unit at the Media High Council Mr. Nathan Ntwari, in his opening remarks, he explained that the training sessions of journalists on judicial reporting is designed to reduce weaknesses in coverage of the judicial and courts cases, “One of Media High Council’s responsibilities is to advocate for media capacity building to promote freedom responsibility and professionalism of the media.  Quality and content we seek when reporting news cannot be attained without understanding what we want to report about.  These training sessions are important for interpretation of Laws by educating and aspiring journalists on the structure of the judicial system, its terminology, its function. He said.

He added that it is also important for public to understand how the government as a whole operates judicially. When you educate journalists you are educating Rwandans at the same time because the journalists are the voice of the people. 

Trainees appreciated skills they have acquired from the training and testify that it will enable them to produce professional, accurate, impartial and balanced stories because they understand the key concepts used in justice and how judicial systems operate.

“With these training sessions we have understood key concepts used in justice. It has really been helpful because it was difficult for us to report on judicial cases before. We did not understand very well about justice issues but now we do. As we are going to the field we will really make difference. It is a crucial practical exercise. We will now be a good voice for the audience. ” Marie Josée Uwiringira a trainee from Pax press  emphasized.

This 10 day practical training session attracted 27 media practitioners who have been dispatched into various districts such as Rubavu, Rutsiro, Musanze , Nyabihu, Gicumbi , Burera , to report on justice issues.

 The training has been organized by the Media High Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST), the National Prosecution Authority (NPPA) and funded by the UNDP.