Min. Busingye warns media “Denial and anything related to genocide ideology, shouldn’t be given platform”

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Rwanda Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye has warned media of giving platform to genocide deniers and other genocide against the Tutsi related ideology.

The warning comes ahead of 25th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.

During one-day traditional event focused mainly on security in the forthcoming 25th commemoration at Kacyiru on Friday, Busingye told over 150 media practitioners that there is no space for genocide deniers in media.

“Denial and anything related to genocide ideology shouldn’t be given platform and that freedom of speech and expression should be exercised within the limits of the law.” Minister Busingye said

The Executive Secretary of the National Commission against Genocide, Dr. Jean Damascene Bizimana, who also attended the session told practitioners to stick on truth telling.

“After 25 years, we believe Rwandans understand what is required in the commemoration period and we look at the media as an important entity to tell the truth and continue to educate the public on the tragic past as we shape our destiny,” Dr. Bizimana said

Meanwhile, genocide ideology related crimes reduced by over 87 per cent, according to Dr. Bizimana.

In this year’s commemoration week, which starts on April 7, a day was reserved (April 9th) for the media, which will look on the role of the media in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and the role of the media in the country’s transformation process.

While discussing on ‘digital media and ethical challenges’, Emmanuel Mugisha, the executive secretary of Rwanda Media Commission—the media self-regulatory body—observed that hate, sensational and fake content continue to be one of unethical and unprofessional behaviours by some media practitioners

“The media has an obligation to disseminate facts with all honesty and truthfulness… not to disseminate content that incites hatred, violence, obscenity or other unethical acts,” Mugisha said.

 

 

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