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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 "

Date:14/02/2020

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The talk show “Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru” (Club de la Presse) of this 09th february, 2020 in synergy by ten radios and 1 Television (TV Isango star) focused on “the use of social media and its effects on Rwandan culture?"

In today's society, the use of social media has become a necessary daily activity. Social media is typically used for social interaction and access to news and information, and decision making. It is a valuable communication tool with others locally and worldwide, as well as to share, creates, and spread information.

However in Rwanda, there are instances where people communicate the way they please on social media like, YouTube,Facebook and Twitter usually with fake accounts and use such platforms to spread misinformation post sexual videos.

Key question in the talk show were:

  • What are challenges of social media on Rwandan culture
  • Is there any way to regulate social media content?
  • Is there any way to track those people such that a person bears in mind that they will be held accountable for what they are going to write?

Invitees:

  1. Modeste BENIMANA (RUTANGARWAMABOKO)  Medical doctor and expert in cultural studies
  2.  Emmanuel MUGISHA ( ES Rwanda Media Commission)
  3. SHEMA AKAMALI,  Head of Cyber Crimes Investigation Department at Rwanda Investigation Bureau
  4. Vox pops and interviews

According to the observation of the invitees, social networks have many advantages in today's society and on the other hand have defects, but depending on the users themselves. Many people have made themselves journalists by posting (publishing) bad quality non-verifiable information that does not meet the standards of the professional journalism for giving exposure to unwanted content such as hate messages, exposing people’s privacy due to  lack of control over personal information.

Modeste BENIMANA, specialist in cultural studies said that it’s shameful to see Rwandan posting their photos necked and exposing their private lives on social media.   Private videos, embarrassing videos, crime, rape and death can be uploaded to YouTube for the world to watch without permission and privacy can be breached in an hour. It leads to a situation in which a person's personal life can be filmed and shared with the whole world to watch on YouTube, it can lead to ruining their social life; cyber bullying and reveling secrets about them without them knowing are allowing it. He linked this with mental problem and addiction to young generation.  

Emmanuel MUGISHA from RMC said that images, audio videos or comments often posted online thoughtlessly can be checked by targeting their source if necessary the direct stop in the case of things threatening to not be continue to cause problems after publication and in order to protect Rwandan culture. He said that even some professional journalists shifted from media houses to you Tube where they generate more income as long as they have a big number of followers.

 “Yes, there has to be free sharing of information, but at the same time it has to be information that is building the people, that is building a country, but not just really circulating misinformation, defamation.” He said

Shema AKAMALI from RIB said that they try their best on this issue however there is a gap in law which needs to be cleared so that people may be accountable of what they post on social media. He added that when the law becomes clear, these people will be brought to justice as the others who used to post hatred messages and incitement.

“We have started a program to engage with all people owning social media platforms so that we devise an approach to regulate content because when it’s not lies, it is misinformation, defamation,” said Shema. 

 The audience especially intervened in the talk show saying that the government should do something to protect children who are mist addicted and make sure that we are creating a safe space for citizens.

The number of Internet users in Rwanda has increased by over one million, jumping from 4.37 million in June 2017 to 5.47 million in June 2018, according to the Rwanda Regulatory Agency.

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