Rwanda National Police (RNP) and local media practitioners have drawn a new line of partnership to enhance efforts geared towards public safety, and professional reporting.
This is contained in the twelve-point resolutions, which were adopted at the end of the one day ‘Police-Media’ periodic interaction session held on Monday at the RNP General Headquarters in Kacyiru.
The two parties agreed to jointly work together in policing activities to ensure a crime-free country and encourage people in Rwanda comply with the law; accurate, fair and balanced reportage that focuses on the interest of the people; and journalists to always bear identifications for recognition while on duty.
They also agreed to collaborate against any hate speech and negative ideology especially during the forthcoming 23rd anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi; elaborate offences related to genocide and criminal liability; journalists to acquire training on court and crime reporting with emphasis on appropriate legal words used; and online media agencies to evaluate comments by readers before they are approved to go online.
The meeting which was officially opened by the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, was held under the theme: "Strengthening Partnership for Quality Service Delivery.”
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege, the RNP spokesperson, who was among the panelists, said that the “police-media partnership is a modern Policing strategy that enhances public compliance with the law.”
Experts deliberated on the working relations between the media and the police; ethical reporting of legal and justice matters; the safety of journalists; the rights and obligations journalists; and responsible coverage of the commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi
It also brought together representatives from Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), Legal Aid Forum, Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority (RURA), National Commission for the Fight against Genocide, Rwanda Public Prosecution Authority, Swedish embassy and UNESCO.