Media Dialogue on Hate Speech in Africa

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A two-day “Media dialogue on hate speech in Africa” will be held on the 17th and 18th of April 2014, bringing together local and regional media leaders and journalists, researchers, and others from the world of media to help prepare professional strategies that can turn the page of hate speech on the African continent. This meeting will focus on the capacity of media and journalism to be a positive force for tolerance, human rights and democracy and we also collectively remember the lives of all those who lost their lives, especially the journalists, during the Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda.

The dialogue aims to build a unified professional voice to raise awareness in Africa of the dangers of hate speech and, at the same time, to promote self-regulation and good governance in defense of the highest standards of journalism and management of media. Since the dialogue will be taking place on the 20th commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi, this will provide a favorable platform for the Rwandan and regional media practitioners to remember, renew and unite in their common fight against the genocide ideology. It will also highlight other forms of hate speech in media, including the use of hate speech as a tool for generating gender-based hatred and incitement to violence against people and communities who come from different cultural backgrounds, particularly in times of war and conflict in Africa.

The dialogue will organize sessions to cover the following issues surrounding hate speech at the event of the 20th commemoration of Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda:

  1. The Rwandan experience in dealing with hate incitements: challenges and opportunities for the media discussed in the perspective of the historical role of the media in the Genocide against Tutsi;
  2. Ethical challenges, politics and incitement to violence: Media must not be weapons of war, but how do we build solidarity to defend ethical standards, promote a culture of tolerance in journalism and maintain professional independence?
  3. International standards and practices against hate speech: Can they help to turn the page of hate media in Africa? Can they assist journalists to cover the stories that often divide society, including the rights of minorities who may suffer discrimination because of religious and cultural differences?
  4. Gender and the Cultural Challenges: hate speech can promote discrimination and unacceptable stereotypes, often against women. It can lead to gender violence. How do media in Africa resist this tendency and strengthen the equal rights of all?
  5. Hatred Online and the Internet Media Challenge: Citizens now play an important role in gathering and disseminating information. They can strengthen media work, but there are dangers, too. How can this new open information landscape be managed?

This meeting is organized by the Africa Media Initiative (AMI) through its partnership with Media High Council and Rwanda media community represented by the Association of Rwandese Female Journalists (ARFEM), the Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), and the Rwanda Journalists Association (ARJ). The event is held in co-operation with and supported by Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), the global network of media professionals dedicated to strengthening the craft of Journalism and the International Association of Women in Radio and Television. Among those taking part will be continental media leaders from Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Burkina Faso and South Africa.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

7h30-8h30 AMArrival and Registration of Participants
08h30-08h40AMWelcome Remarks
8h40-8h50 AMIntroduction RemarksCollin Haba, President, Rwanda Journalists Association
8h50-09h00 AMRemarks Aidan White, ED, Ethical Journalism Network
09h00-09h10 AMRemarks Amadou Ba, CEO, Africa Media Initiative
9h10-10h00 AMChief guest and official opening and Group PhotoGuest of Honour
10h00- 11h20 AMSession 1:

Turning the page of hate media in Africa: Building Unity and Peace


Benita Diop, Mohamed Garba, Tom Ndahiro, Kennedy Ndahiro,

Moderator: Jenerali Ulimwengu

11h20-12h20 PMDiscussion
12h20h-14h00Lunch at the Hotel
14h00-15h20 PMSession 2:

Hatred Online and the Internet Media Challenge


Claudine Delucco, Stephen Ouma Bwire, Didier Nkulikiyeimpfura, Bitange Ndemo

Moderator: Dr. Roukaya Kassenaly

16h20-16h50PMRecommendations and Resolutions of Day one sessions adoptedRapporteur
16h50-17h00 PMCoffee/RefreshmentsHotel

Friday, 18 April 2014

7h30-8h30 AMArrival and introduction of the dayMC
08h30-10h00 AMSession 1:

Gender and the Cultural Challenges




Ingabire Immaculate, Rachel Nakitare, Lucy Ekadu, Cheriff Sy

Moderator: Dr. Diogène Bideri

10h00 – 10h30AMBreakHotel
10h30-12h30 AMDiscussionModerator
12h30-12h50 AMRecommendations and Resolutions of Day two session adoptedRapporteur
12h50- 13h00PMBriefing on Media Fraternity remembrance activitiesMC
13h00-14h00 PMLunchHotel
14h00-15h00 PMParticipants gather for the walk to rememberBuses organised by MHC
15h00-17h00 PMWalk to rememberMedia Fraternity
17h00-22h00 PMNight vigil in commemoration of journalists victims of Genocide against TustiMedia Fraternity