The first annual dialogue between government and the media held Friday, marks an important step in the creation of a forum where possible differences between the two parties can readily be addressed.
Quite often, the relationship between government and media is perceived as antagonistic. But this shouldn’t be the case as the two share one common to serve the people.
Therefore, a situation where the media and government come together to examine issues of common interest is indeed a welcome move.
During Friday’s dialogue, Information Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, made an important call urging her colleagues in government to open up to the media.
The media have been complaining about the difficulties of accessing information from government institutions, even where government would evidently benefit through the use of such medium to reach out to the public.
Government officials should understand that journalists serve as a bridge between them and the people they are meant to serve.
At the same time, this calls for professionalism and a high sense of responsibility on the part of journalists.
It is vital that media practitioners disseminate accurate information, and access to government and other public documents will go a long way in helping to achieve this objective.