Rwanda: There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW In an ironic analysis of the media situation in Rwanda, the publication, East African Business Week of Kampala, published a piece on March 26, 2012 entitled “Rwanda: Nation Moves to Improve Media Image” (http://allafrica.com/stories/201203261576.html). However, Rwanda has just kicked their worst tabloid/gossip paper into high gear. Rwanda has created a news website devoted to discrediting opposition groups to the current ruling party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and anyone who has ever mentioned this group in their publications. This “news” site, www.theexposer.net, is full of slander…

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Twitter and Politics in Rwanda, for better or for worse

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW President Paul Kagame of Rwanda is no stranger to taking to Twitter to engage with both his supporters and his foes.  Some of his dialogues have been the topics of published articles, including the infamous heated debate with UK journalist Ian Birrell in which they passionately discussed a variety of topics. The full exchange can be found here:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/16/my-twitterspat-with-paul-kagame A recent report stated that Rwanda is among the top 10 African countries that use Twitter on a regular basis.  As an avid Twitter user myself, I…

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When silence serves violence best in Rwanda

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW Rwanda’s political opposition is once again under attack. On January 3, 2012 reports out of Kigali stated that another grenade attack occured in a local market.  With Grenades, unjustified arrests of opposition leaders, attempted assignations in other countries the oppositional parties to the ruling regime in Rwanda face an uphill battle in striving for peace and reconciliation. On , 02 January 2012, The political party FDU-INKINGI published the following press release regarding the arrest of one of their key leaders: Kigali: Last night, a platoon of…

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