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Rwanda to celebrate World Press freedom day

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Luke Karema, Incharge media freedom and acess to information.

Staff writer

Just after the recent cabinet announcement of the decision to pull out from media regulation to ensure self regulation, Rwanda is set to celebrate the World press day on May 03, 2011.

This year in Rwanda, World Press Freedom day will be celebrated in Northern Province Musanze District on the 3rd May 2011. The proposed theme in Rwanda for this year is “a responsible and self regulating media.”

“We’re trying to promote self regulation, and empower the fraternity to carry on the responsibility of media itself.” Ibrahim Luke Karema, told Great Lakes Voice.

However, recently, a media watchdog grouped Rwanda among the ten worst media predators in the world.

World Press Freedom Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December, 1993, as an outgrowth of the Seminar on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press.

Although World Press Freedom Day has only been celebrated since 1993, it has much deeper roots in the United Nations.

Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.

The Rwandan Constitution in its article 34 (1) states that “Freedom of the press and freedom of information are recognized and guaranteed by the state” however, the state have been cited by the press and international community for manhandling media in the country.

Yesterday, Nelson Gatsimbazi, Umusingi editor reported the case where police forcefully took his camera and deleted his photos he took covering a story where local officials were demolishing a printing press premises.

Gatsimbazi has been also writing to the media high council and information ministry, requesting the government to unblock his website umusingi.com.

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