EU Human Rights Day Event

EU-Ambassador Michael Ryan (Podium), from left to right: the panelists Dr. Jaromir Marek (foreign correspondent and Editor in Chief of Czech radio), Dr. Margaret Jjuuko (Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism, University or Rwanda), Ambassador Dr. Peter Woeste and Mr. Gonza Muganwa (Executive Secretary, Rwanda Journalists Association) Enlarge image EU-Ambassador Michael Ryan (Podium), from left to right: the panelists Dr. Jaromir Marek (foreign correspondent and Editor in Chief of Czech radio), Dr. Margaret Jjuuko (Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism, University or Rwanda), Ambassador Dr. Peter Woeste and Mr. Gonza Muganwa (Executive Secretary, Rwanda Journalists Association) (© EU Delegation) Ambassador Woeste moderated a lively and open panel discussion on the “Transformation of Media” on December 14 at the Convention Centre. The event was part of the “Human Rights Day” celebrated by the European Union and its member states in Kigali under the heading “Freedom of Expression and Media Transformation”.

The panelists Dr. Jaromir Marek (foreign correspondent and Editor in Chief of Czech radio), Dr. Margaret Jjuuko (Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism  at the University or Rwanda) and Mr. Gonza Muganwa (Executive Secretary, Rwanda Journalists Association) discussed the value of different “Press Freedom” indices, control of media content by owners of newspapers and the question whether there is an African ethic in journalism which is different from so called Western ethics. This idea was clearly rejected. The panelists together with a number of contributors from the audience focused as well on developments in the area of social media. They agreed that an open and free press is the best recipe against fake news. “Hiding access to information and suppressing information from the public just feeds conspiracy theories” Ambassador Woeste wrapped up the discourse.  Further details on the event can be found at the Delegation of the European Union's website (link below).