when a paper produces a defamatory piece, an apology will be published on page
two in the next edition along with the day's news. In Rwanda, it would appear,
a paper will use an entire
edition to apologize--if the insults were directed at the president. The
latest issue of Ishema, at left, is perhaps a
sign of the times for Rwanda's press.
vernacular bimonthly had recently published an opinion piece written under the
byline "Kamikaze" that claimed President Kagame was a sociopath. Many within
the media community protested, as did Adrien Servumba, who, branding himself "a
concerned citizen," called on the state-run media ombudsman to reprimand the
managing director, Fidele Gakire, the state news agency reported. On July 25,
the agency reported that men in plainclothes seized copies of the paper from
vendors. The same day, members of the Forum of Private Newspapers, an
organization of newspaper owners, suspended Gakire from
the group for six months.