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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "


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Since December 2019, an epidemic called Coronavirus or COVID-19 has propagated from China; currently it is an epidemic which worries the whole planet. Rwanda has registered 41 cases since 14th March 2020. Prime Minister’s  Office tightened directives which were announced on Saturday  21st with the aim of preventing a possible spread of the virus, restricting all unnecessary movements and ensuring that people stay home for a period of 15 days.

Journalists delivering public service broadcasting have been identified as key workers along with health workers and those providing essential public services. Many feel under enormous pressure to make sure that the public are getting the right information about the outbreak.

  “Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru” talk show (Club de la Presse) of this Sunday 22-03-2020 broadcasted in synergy by ten radios from all regions of the country and a Television (TV Isango star), focused on "The role of media amid COVID_19 outbreak”


-Peacemaker Mbungiramiho: ES MHC

-Past Uwimana Jean Pierre: Lecturer at School of Journalism and Communication/ UR

-Onesphore Yadusoneye: Journalist

Interviews: Mugisha Emmanuel/RMC, journalists 

Citizens who are at home need accurate information to better understand how to prevent the spread of this pandemic, unlike the false information circulating on social media networks

The invitees said that there are still drawbacks on the side of reporters to this epidemic because it requires them waiting report from the Ministry of Health which is always released in the late evening hours.

The invitee from Media High Council proposed also an urgent online training to journalists about specialized reporting focusing on how journalists could report on the pandemics and related issues.

The invitees also proposed a media center with staff in charge of communication on the information of new cases of covid19; this will also facilitate journalists when they need the information.

The journalists via phone calls and interview addressed challenges they face especially transport issue which is due to lack of sufficient financial means for media houses to facilitate journalists reaching reportage areas

Citizens who participated via phones calls and messages pleaded to the Ministry of Health to release daily reports in early evening hours to better reflect on it. They also said that they are confused by rumors from different social media and argued the government to set one official media center in charge of COVID_19 related information.




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