Media practitioners pay tribute to journalists killed in the Genocide

Members of media and families of journalists killed in the Genocide against the Tutsi during a Walk to Remember yesterday. / Sam Ngendahimana

Media practitioners on Tuesday evening paid homage to the journalists killed in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi as part of a 100-day commemoration starting on April 7.

In remembrance of the victims, about 300 journalists, social media influencers and families of fallen journalists walked 1.6 km from the car-free zone to the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village.

The walking is part of the event named Reflection Day on Media and Genocide, where journalists reflected on the media's role in the genocide and examined their role in society's transformation.

Media practitioners should exercise professionalism in their work, Prof. Anastase Shyaka, Minister for Local Government, said at a memorial ceremony during the event, adding that the slain journalists stood for truth despite the tough moments.

Names of about 60 journalists known to have been killed during the genocide were read out at the ceremony.

The event also included a penal discussion themed Media Responsibility in the Age of Fake News, Hate Speech and Denial.

The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi claimed more than a million souls.