Media practitioners in Rwanda are being asked to fight for press freedom in order to strengthen the media sector.
This was revealed by the director of communication in the prime minister's office Ignatius Kabagambe, before the political affairs committee in senate while discussing the draft media law.
"Media policy implementation aims at media development like professionalism but journalists should be the first to advocate for the policy implementation. Because they are the beneficiaries of the policy"
But this call seems a long from being achieved as some of the journalists are being beaten by security operatives in different parts of the country.
As legislators and media practitioners were busy discussing the media policy, one of the Radio flash journalists was strongly beaten into unconscious state in the process of gathering news at the parliament.
The helpless journalist known as Anociata Tumusiime was seriously beaten by police officers on the broad day light while claiming that he disrespected the commissioner of police.
At the same time a local journalist from Kigali today one Nobert Niyuzurugero was on Friday also beaten by police for unspecified reasons.
But Kabagambe says if journalists get to regulate themselves no one will query their work.
This draft stipulates that the journalists will regulate their day to day activities, ethics plus content of what is publicized and broadcast in the media.
Kabagambe says the goverment will only play the oversite role and ensure that the media policy is well implemented.