The environment for free debate and dissent in Rwanda continues to be hostile. Political opponents face numerous challenges, not least the real threat of arrest. Journalists continue to be at risk of attacks or criminal charges for their work – criminal defamation remains an offence in the country.
The Rwanda Law Reform Commission and the Parliament have initiated discussions with media practitioners recently on revising the 2013 Media Law and the Penal Code. This is in its roadmap for implementation of the recommendations accepted during Rwanda’s examination in the 2015 Universal periodic Review.
ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa runs a protection programme for journalists, placing emphasis on digital security needs and the needs of women journalists, who face disproportionately high attacks compared to their male counterparts. We also work with partners to train media regulators to ensure that any decisions taken are within the bounds of international human rights law.