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Rwanda National Police preps to establish FM radio in high gear

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Police Spokesperson Sup Theos Badege


Kigali, Rwanda- preparations are high, airing machines have been purchased now at the police head quarters, police officers are being trained by some experts to carry on the mission and if all goes well as planned by mid 2012 the radio will hit airwaves, Great Lakes Voice has reliably learnt.
Supported by UNDP and other Police partners, police radio will take advantage of community policing to do the state broadcast which has been done by Radio Rwanda and now reforms are forcing it to tune from state broadcast to public broadcast.
Speaking to Great Lakes Voice, Rwanda national Police Publicity Chief Superintendent Theos Badage, could neither confirm nor deny the radio and TV establishment.
“Well, we have plans to establish the radio soon as you put it and all equipments are here but for the TV, the project is still in its young stages, but why don’t you come over for details, Because here we have modern studios which will be producing TV content right here” Theos Badege confirmed us over telephone interview.
Apart from Parliament radio, the police radio will come in not only to air government programs but also to produce TV content as Video production studios are already in place, the police authorities have confirmed.
“We are trained by various people mainly from the universities that train in journalism. We do attend classes many times, and Public Relations department is promising us some trainings at the international universities,” the police officer who is among the trained intimated to Great Lakes Voice.
Media houses linked to the ruling party have also made a coalition to promote regime propaganda ahead of reforms implementation.
Media reforms process
In a related side of the story about reforms in Rwandan media, the member of the parliament lower chamber have told Great Lakes Voice that government have instructed parliament only allow
Legislators two days in the festive and focus on media laws that are to be discussed by December 27th.

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