A workshop between Rwanda National Police and the Media was held yesterday with the two parties deliberating on how best to further enhance partnership in a more practical way that would benefit the general public.
While opening the workshop at the RNP General Headquarters, Gerald Mbanda, the Head of Media Affairs and Communication Department at Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) spoke at length about the achievements made towards realizing and enforcing freedom of expression, promoting democracy and public order.
“Where there is security, people enjoy their rights and this is what we are experiencing – thanks to the good relations of police and the media,” said Mbanda.
In his address, RNP Spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) Theos Badege said that such dialogues have reshaped how the media and police relate, and both parties are currently looking into ways of laying strategies of enhancing actionable relations.
He also detailed the complementarities between the media and the police where he said that; “the more such interactions are held the more we progressively close perceived gaps between us.”
Apart from police officers and journalists, the workshop was also attended by officials from UNESCO and Rwanda Media Commission (RMC).
Lydia Gachugi from UNESCO, said: “When we talk of freedom of expression, it becomes the responsibility of the police to also provide security and conducive environment for the media and journalists in operate. We can authoritatively say that the partnership between the media and the police in Rwanda is exceptionally unique.”
She added: “The two parties have worked closely in promoting gender equality, human rights, and fighting corruptions among others and have complemented each other in several aspects. This is why Unesco is also committed work with both the police and media in sustaining what has been achieved.”
During the workshop, several ideas were advanced and among those include incorporating media affairs in all police training manuals for both promotional and specialized courses.
Emmanuel Mugisha, the Executive Secretary of Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) appreciated the partnership between the media and police saying that a lot has been achieved and collaboration between the parties has contributed in advancing professionalism.
The meeting also drew special attention on the issue of identification and agreed that RMC and Rwanda Journalists’ association communicate to the media fraternity the need for journalists to have accreditation cards at all times.