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LOCAL LEADERS SHOULD HELP CITIZENS TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE JOURNALISM, ‘FAKE NEWS’ & DISINFORMATION – RJSD

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The organization RJSD “Rwanda Journalist for sustainable development” is requesting the
local leaders including the districts mayors, Executive Secretaries of sectors and cells leaders
to play their role in helping the citizens in a proper interpretation of the information got from
the real journalism media houses and social media platforms.

This proper interpretation of the information they receive will help them to make good
decisions in their mutual development. This will boost sustainable development for
themselves as well and the country’s vision-Rwanda.

The organization RJSD confirms that in case the citizens manage to interpret properly
information they receive and read. It gives them the option of choosing the necessary
information. This will help to solve the issue of disinformation which misleads the society
and yet it keeps trending on the publisher’s interests regardless of the citizens’ benefit.

“Nowadays, everyone has become a journalist mostly those who use social media platforms.
There are those who publish false information including disinformation or misinformation
due to their own interests, even there are some who practice it due to ignorance”. – Placide
NGIRINSHUTI the legal representative of RJSD said.

The spokesperson of RJSD, Celestine NTAWIREMA also explains that nowadays citizens
should have access to receive information more so to get true information that is productive.

“The biggest challenge that the world is facing, is that most citizens are receiving different
information including false ones which may mislead them. There are some impacts for the
country and for individuals. We have to work together to corporate with the government
institutions, civil societies and private sector to fight fake news, disinformation and misinformation in the aspect of defending the rights of the citizens”. – Celestine
NTAWIREMA

RJSD urges that this challenge should be solved through discussions and sensitization of
citizens so that they can interpret the information they receive. But they need to know how it
works. So, at this level, this organization is organizing the event about the selected topic,
which will take place on 27th July 2021.

It is a Free Virtual Public Mentoring and Public Discussion that will bring together the local
leaders including the districts mayors, Executive Secretaries of sectors and cells leaders all
over the country and the citizens at large based on reminding the leaders of their
responsibilities of helping citizens to consume and choose the correct information that will
enable them to prosper.

The RJSD organization has maintained it is different operations of supporting the country to
reach its long-term development through journalism specifically in access to information for
development. This will help the government of Rwanda reaches the global goals SDGs in the
year 2030 since the citizens consume the accurate information which will stimulate their
development and for the country as well.

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