Chief editors from different Televisions working in Rwanda were facilitated on the united nations on the rights of persons with disabilities, Sustainable development goals and other relevant documents to guide media houses understand the disability, deaf persons and Rwanda sign language. Editors also are trained on understanding of the role of sign language interpreters on live TV news and the Televisions representative commitments.
Opening this workshop, Both MUSABE Beatrice, the counsellor of the Rwanda National Union of the Death RNUD and Mr. Samuel MUNANA, the executive secretary of RNUD told news editors that Media should not prevent any persons including deaf persons from getting all the information needed. “Only Rwanda Television uses sign language interpreter during the evening news. But other televisions are not doing the same. Even Rwanda television uses Sign Language interpreter in news no other programs. So, what is the problem? Why are your media houses not letting deaf persons access the information that you provide? We want to sit together with you to see where the problem is. We are sure that your ability you can convince your media houses owners to accept the use of at least one sign language interpreter for your news both live and recorded programs to be accessible to persons with Deaf impairment” said Samuel MUNANA.
In their comments, participants (chief editors) underlined the challenge of the law capacity on Televisions sides that are not ready to pay the Sign language interpreters, and requested RNUD to work together to raise funds to be paid to these interpreters.
The entire workshop is being attended by both online and none online televisions including chief editors from Rwanda television, TV1 Rwanda, Flash TV, Isango Star TV, BTN TV, TV 10, Izuba TV, Affirmax TV and Kalisimbi TV. The national Union of Disability Organisations NUDOR worked hand in hand with RNUD to invite, organize and facilitate participants.