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

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:17/02/2021

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As Rwanda prepares to commemorate 27 years after the Genocide against the Tutsi, the National Commission against Genocide (CNLG) has warned the general public against promotion of the genocide ideology and denial, which are increasingly happening on social media. 

In a statement issued by CNLG on 5th February, it reads that it has analysed various conversations on Youtube and other social media sites and found that there is an increasing use of condescending rhetoric that tantamount to propagation of the genocide ideology and genocide denial. 

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru (Club de la Presse) of this Sunday 14-02-2021 broadcased in synergy by ten radios across the country and a Television (TV Isango star) focused on “The law against the genocide ideology Vs freedom of expression”

Invitees

  • Dr.Diogene Bideri / Legal Advisor CNLG
  • Jean Bosco Rushingabigwi/ University Lecturer
  • Gonza Muganwa /Journalist

The invitees from National Commission Against Genocide (CNLG) argued people who produce talk shows or articles on the internet or via Youtube and social media platforms, to comply with the provisions of the Law on Genocide Ideology and Related Crimes and other national laws as well.

He said that the same individuals seek to promote divisions, undermine public order and to incite the masses into civil unrest, all actions which are punishable under the law. 

“While Article 9 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda  governing the media provides for freedom of press and access to information, it does not give media users the right to interfere with the general well-being of the country or the use of such platforms to promote civil unrest” Says Dr Bideri

The journalist Muganwa Gonza argued journalists to work professionally, but criticizes some of the newspapers that attack people accusing them of genocide ideology and humiliate them while they have not been convicted by justice.

He added government should analyse well if   the law against genocide ideology will undermine freedom of expression once giving speech (interview) to people from opposition is a crime.

Jean Bosco Rushinabigwi, a lecturer at the School of Journalism and Communication   pointed out that social media users are required to be careful because most of them have no other knowledge to filter what they are going to publish, which is opposite to other media houses that have chief editors   who correct the stories before publication.

Senator Mugisha Alexis, a member of Green Party (Opposition)  said that journalists have the right to give interview to anyone they want even a member of an opposition party but advised journalists to make a pre-recorded conversation so that after interview they may filter what they give to the public. However CNLG was totally against this idea

The Executive Secretary of a media regulatory body ( RMC) which is in charge of regulating media content said that  though it is not possible to regulate social media content, journalists  have to be conscious  and do their  work professionally.

The Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 2003, as amended in 2015, and other national laws prohibit the propagation of the genocide ideology.

Law n° 68/2018 of 30/8/2018 determining offences and penalties prohibits the use of divisive language, dissemination of false information or propaganda aimed at causing unrest or inciting the public and instituted penalties for such actions in Rwanda or outside Rwanda. 

“A person convicted of committing one of the acts referred to under paragraph one of this Article is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than five (5) years but not more than seven (7) years and a fine of not less than five hundred thousand Rwandan francs (FRW 500,000) but not more than one million Rwandan francs (FRW1, 000,000),” the law reads.

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