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This declaration was made during the event of official launch of the project "Promotion of investigative journalism and freedom of expression in Rwanda" of Panos Great Lakes Institute which took place this Thursday, October 3, 2019; journalists have been reminded that they must be honest to carry out investigative journalism. This ceremony was enhanced by the presence of civil society representatives, media managers and journalists as well.

In his speech, the representative of Panos Great Lakes Institute, Cyprien Ndikumana appreciated the commitment of the media and civil society for the implementation of this project funded by the British Embassy in Rwanda and is committed to supporting the journalists to do investigative reporting.

For Mrs Ingabire Marie Immaculée from Transparency International Rwanda and board member of Rwanda Media Commission reminded journalists that they first have to be honest because a corrupt journalist cannot do investigative journalism.

She appreciated the initiative and said that tough Transparency International does not give non validated research data to media; they will collaborate with journalists in this project to help them get information about corruption and recommend them where they can get information.

For sustainability of the project, media managers have shown their commitment and protective measures to journalists. “We are committed to support our journalists will try our best assure their security.” Said Ildephonse Sinabubariraga; managing director of Ishingiro radio.

Journalists in Rwanda focus much on event reporting instead of investigative journalism which hinders their professional development. 

The survey carried out by Rwanda Media High Council in the period between December 2012 and February 2013 showed that investigative related news stories constituted a mere 1.3% while event reporting stood at 90 per cent, a poor score that was also blamed on journalists themselves for not getting interested in investigative reporting. 

Most of the reasons cited that bar local journalists from practicing investigative and developmental journalism were financial capacity, fear, self censorship as well as lack of experience and skills among other things.