Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) warns journalist to be pay kind attention in their every day job ahead of the 2017 presidential polls slated for August 4th.
Through a set of guidelines released by the media regulatory body ahead of the August presidential polls, RMC warns journalists to be more professional and avoid to lose balance in their stories, avoid publishing any article relating to elections without consulting the National Electoral Commission (NEC) for the success of the elections.
Avoid to publish controversial stories
Article 7 of the guidelines states that all journalists should be careful while working on the stories that cause a misunderstanding, by balancing their stories by trying to find out some misunderstanding that could be happening during the elections period so that they can publish a well-balanced story.
The article reads, “Journalists should not report on cases or misunderstanding that must happen at a polling station without first consulting NEC. Those who hold live radio or TV talk shows on elections, should be careful while moderating such talk shows and make sure they manage what the invitee or the caller’s comments whenever they are raising baseless facts”
Giving the candidate time to comment on some accusations
Media should not allow or give no room for different comments accusing the candidate whenever the candidate is not given time to provide comments on such accusations.
Media should also make sure their journalists are allowed to access timely information on elections process. Media houses should also help journalists get trainings on elections reporting so they can do unbiased but balanced and factual stories without being driven by emotions during their job.
Who will a journalist contact for due protection?
Concerning security, journalist and other media practitioners should find a way to protect themselves during elections period. They have the right to decide which story must be published in case their security could be under threat as a result. They should do their stories with ethical behavior, taking care of their security and that of those they are working with like sources of information, to mention.
Journalists should always present their identification documents, including National ID, press card, an accreditation permitting them to cover elections reporting or any other need document.
When a journalist faces actions relating to hitting, terrorizing, not allowing a journalist to access the information, he should report immediately to the police, Rwanda Media Commission, NEC and to the Office of the Ombudsman.
A journalist should not do and publish a story, under no control, relating to elections basing on information from the social media.
Media should not publish articles that motivate controversies focusing on Family, race, religion and politics, by avoiding to be driven by emotions before, during and after elections.
To emphasize on balance in the media, journalists are advised to be fair while reporting and avoid fall in argument on what is happening. They should avoid showing the candidate or the political party they are supporting, eve in they actually do.
They should keep winning faith, honesty and confidence they have from their audience.
Media houses should connect their lines during the elections period to emphasize fairness, doing plenty of stories on elections to help people successfully vote.
Paying attention of Social media
The guidelines keep reminding journalists to be careful of what they could be writing on their social media timelines because it is easy to find out whether their posts match what they are used to doing during their every day job.
The guidelines were set for pure honesty, monitoring where the information has come from, truth and balance. The journalist must explain and let the followers knw that what he wrote on his timeline is from his point of view, not from the media house he works for.
The role of online media
Online media give citizens space, which hardly existed before, to participate in giving their points of view on elections. Media should make sure their readers’ comments are not going to put candidates in discomfort through insults or defaming.
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