By: Andrew Kareba
The chamber of deputies August 2 adopted the three draft laws regulating media.
Among the bill which were assessed is the draft law modifying and completing the law No 22/2009 of 12/09/2009 on Media, draft law determining the responsibilities, structure and functioning of the Media High Council (MHC) and Draft law determining responsibilities, organization and functioning of the Rwanda broadcasting agency (RBA).
Hon. Protais Musoni, who was representing the government, said that though the 3 draft laws are closely related, their aim is to promote a constructive and educational media for all Rwandans.
“ORINFOR will be replaced by Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) which will no longer be a state broadcasting Agency but a Public broadcasting group for the purpose of serving public interest and this law will enable RBA to fully run its duties and work independently in managing its affairs, said Musoni.
As the enacted law states, 20 per cent will be Government shares and 80 per cent private investors and this will enable RBA to run its normal activities with no Government regulations, Musoni elaborated.
Like any other media group, RBA will Educate, inform and entertain and it will be in the contest of changing the Rwandan society through media, he said.
With regard to Self-regulation of the print media, a state organ will be established for intervention when necessary, he elaborated.
“Media Self Regulation is of a great importance in promoting Rwandan media and this will reduce Media High Council’s tasks and leave it with observing freedom of expression.” The minister stressed adding that further MHC duties will be put in Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA).
RBA is going to be the second Semi-autonomous body in East Africa Community to Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) to be public oriented .
The pillars of the plan to be the leading, cutting edge public service, multimedia network in the region while the mission is being at forefront of engaging audiences with quality information, programs and multi-media services.
The minister observed that RBA’s core values will focus on integrity, quality, and professionalism, forward-looking and caring both public and staff welfare.