Rwanda: Training of Journalists and National Police on safey of journalists and freedom of expression

When, local time: 
Thursday, 21 April 2016 - 8:00am to Saturday, 23 April 2016 - 5:00pm
Where: 
Rwanda, Kigali
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Jaco Du toit, Advisor Communication and Information, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa (Tel: +254 (0)20 762 2346/2566, Email: j.dutoit@unesco.org)

UNESCO in cooperation with Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) and Rwanda National Police (RNP) is organising a 3-day training of RNP and Journalists on safety of journalists and freedom of expression in Kigali, Rwanda. Based on UNESCO’s Training Manual on Freedom of Expression and Public Order, this training aims at improving the sometimes tense relations between security forces and journalists; promote freedom of expression; support transparent security bodies, which respect freedom of expression and the right to information, and promote accountability and the rule of law, in the context of respect for human rights.
Participants will be drawn from the RNP, RMC and Local Journalists practising in Rwanda. This training is part of a wider effort to implement the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, spearheaded by UNESCO and endorsed by the UN Chief Executives Board on 12 April 2012, which aims to coordinate the efforts of various actors in this area. It falls within UNESCO’s framework of promoting an enabling environment for freedom of expression, press freedom and journalistic safety, facilitating pluralism and participation in media, and supporting sustainable and independent media institutions.