The Minister of Local Governance, Francis Kaboneka has called upon journalists to pay much attention to professionalism in their publications so as to avoid falling in the same pit of journalists before 1994 that disseminated hatred which fuelled the genocide that took lives of over one million Tutsi.
The call was made yesterday in Kigali when media fraternity convened at Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) to commemorate the victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and slain journalists in particular.
He called upon journalists to read through the lines before they publish their stories.
“When you write or read news you control some people’s minds. We should think about how our publications will impact the society, we should think about that before we publish or air anything,” he said.
Kaboneka said that crosschecking before publication will help journalists not to fall into the trap of being used as journalists did before 1994.
RBA Director General, Arthur Asiimwe said that current journalists should learn from mistakes committed by fellow journalists.
“This is the time to reflect, reassess and find among ourselves more efforts to provide our contribution in building the nation,” he said.
Sixty journalists were killed during the genocide, but research continues to establish more victims.