A Catholic radio station In Rwanda has come under national scrutiny for allegedly giving scant coverage to commemorations of the genocide in
the country last year. A report by the state-funded High Council of the Press on media coverage of the 2007 genocide commemoration week
found out that Radio Maria, based in the Southern Province, carried only two news items on the event in the year while broadcasting 24
But Radio Maria dismissed the accusation. The director, Kayihura Jean Pierre said the study did not take into consideration that Radio Maria did not have locally sourced news bulletins last year. He said at that time Radio Maria was linking up to Vatican Radio in Rome for hourly international news bulletins. He also said the report only covered news in total disregard of other programming that the station ran the entire week. But critics have suggested that the findings are not a surprise considering that some Catholic priests handed over Tutsis seeking protection in churches to militias during the massacres.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.