By Abraham Kollie
The assigned Judge of the 13th Judicial circuit court in Kakata Margibi County is calling on journalists especially talk show hosts to uphold the basic tenets of journalisms, which call for the accurate, balance, and correct reporting of news and stories void of party or individual interest that may trigger electoral violence.
Speaking at the opening of the November term of court in Kakata, Cllr. Joe S. Barkon said the media should always maintain their role as watchdogs of the society in reporting the truth.
“History has reminded us and continues to remind all us that the genocide which took place in the Republic of Rwanda in 1994 that took away the lives of more than 800,000 individuals was triggered by the acts of politicians, tribal people, and even journalists who held talk show discussions that were inimical to the peace of Rwanda,” Cllr. Barkon said.
Cllr. Barkon encouraged political actors and their supporters, stakeholders of Margibi to exercise a high degree of tolerance and maturity while campaigning so as to avoid any form of electoral violence that could derail or undermine the peace of the country.