Media have right to information--Ombudsman

KIGALI - The Ombudsman, Tito Rutaremara, yesterday said that with or without the access to information law, media practitioners should be given necessary information to ease their duties. Rutaremara was responding to journalists’ concerns about the challenges they experience in accessing information, especially when dealing with cases related to injustice and corruption.
Ombdsman Tito Rutaremara adderessing the press yesterday
Ombdsman Tito Rutaremara adderessing the press yesterday

KIGALI - The Ombudsman, Tito Rutaremara, yesterday said that with or without the access to information law, media practitioners should be given necessary information to ease their duties.Rutaremara was responding to journalists’ concerns about the challenges they experience in accessing information, especially when dealing with cases related to injustice and corruption.

“Under normal circumstances, it does not require laws for useful information to be shared,” Rutaremara noted.

He was addressing journalists attending a two-day training aimed at building their capacity to fight injustice and corruption.

Rutaremara pointed out that once the access to information legislation is enacted, legal steps will be taken against public officials who deny journalists useful information.

Meanwhile, during the training, the Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Ombudsman, Xavier Mbarubukeye, urged the reporters to practice the skills they acquired during the training.

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