Rights group co-opts Burundi media

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi Human Rights League has launched a scheme dubbed "Media for peace," to involve media workers in human rights crusade.
Pie Ntakarutimana, chair of League, said the main objective of the project is to contribute to the emergence in Burundi, of broadcasting institutions that would work for "resolution of the conflicts, and ensure the respect of the basic rights of the people".
Burundi has seven radio stations, six of which are privately-owned.
Ntakarutimana urged the broadcasting stations to help educate Burundians on the virtues of reconciliation and respect for human rights.
Commending the League's initiative, Charles Ndayiziga, the Permanent Secretary of the National Council for Communication, accused the media in the Great Lakes sub-region, particularly Burundi, of fanning hatred.

19 september 2001 23:41:00

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