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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 "


  • IPGL

The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 has serious health consequences, but also economic, financial, social, cultural, environmental and political.

However, in this time of crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that the public have access to reliable and timely information.

Journalists have a key role to play in ensuring that all people can enjoy the rights to freedom of expression, including freedom of the press and access to public information.

In Rwanda, since March of this year, more than 80 journalists have been trained with the aim of disseminating and publishing stories related to the coronavirus in a professional manner.

The talk show “Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru” (Club de la Presse) broadcasted in synergy by ten radio stations from all regions of the country and a Television (TV Isango star) on 8-11-2020 focused on “Lessons learned by the Rwandan media in Covid-19 period  and how they will be used for further professionalism work

The guests:


2. Marie-Louise UWIZEYIMANA / INTEGO newspaper

3. Emmanuel MUGISHA / RMC

The invitee from MHC explained that during the Covid-19 they tried to help the media and journalists to do their work professionally though it was not easy due to the government guidelines including working hours and the poverty of the media houses that could not afford journalists transport during total lockdown.

He added that MHC with partners has been able to train 90 journalists and help them reach their full potential. They also tried to support the media houses projects with 100 million Rwanda francs. 

 For RMC, during Covid -19, journalists tried to behave well in general despite some violation of the guidelines to prevent this epidemic that had been put in place, some were punished and others were reprimanded.

A journalist Louise, on the other hand, pointed out that Covid-19 time was not easy because many of the journalists were arrested and spend nights at the stadiums because they sometimes used to finish late their work of processing the story, while others found it difficult to access the information due to financial challenge as their partners (donors) had closed doors.

She also highlighted the problem of imprisoned journalists who could not stand to trial because of covid-19 and demanded that their cases should be prosecuted as soon as possible.

The invitees concluded that journalists should combine their strengths and abilities so that they do a better professional work. 

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