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UNESCO Supports Capacity Building for Media Professionals in Rwanda and Burundi

30-08-2004 (Paris)
UNESCO Supports Capacity Building for Media Professionals in Rwanda and Burundi
Meeting at the Press House in Burundi
UNESCO continues its support to media professionals in Rwanda and Burundi by funding a series of training activities at the Press Houses in Kigali and Bujumbura to enhance their role as professional resource centres by organizing seminars, workshops and debates as well as providing local journalists with access to the Internet and through that to various networking activities.
Part of the support will also be utilized for the Press Houses’ expenditures for rent, small renovations and newspapers subscriptions.

The two Press Houses offer a forum for media professionals to gather together, analyze, comment and discuss various current topics and events in the country and in the region

UNESCO opened the Press House in Kigali in 1996 and in Bujumbura in 1997. From the beginning, the main purpose was to encourage regular contacts between journalists and provide a place where free discussion could take place. The houses have been offering local journalists access to Internet and a possibility to all kind of exchange of information. Often in conflict and post conflict areas where the possibilities of travelling are most restrictive, ICTs open a window to the world. Over the years, the Press Houses have grown into important meeting and working places, where journalists have access to series of facilities necessary to practice their profession.
Related themes/countries

      · Freedom of Expression: News Archives 2004
      · Rwanda: News Archives 2004
      · Burundi: News Archives
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