Saturday, August 15, 2009

"What Would Google Do?" in Rwanda

The J-School at the City University of New York, where Jeff Jarvis is the director of the interactive program, has named

"Charles Kabonero, a Rwandan newspaper editor who recently fled his country to escape constant harassment, criminal charges, and threats to his security, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s International Journalist in Residence for the 2009-2010 academic year."

Charles Kabonero is one of many Rwandan journalists that have been affected by the decision of the Rwandan regime in 2008 to suspend all private owned media. Charles Kabonero was (is?) the director of the weekly Umuseso.

The Rwandan High Media Council took the decision on 5 August to ask the information ministry to close the independent weekly Umuseso for three months for likening the current government to the one that was in power in the run-up to the 1994 genocide.

I am sure Jeff Jarvis and Charles Kabonero can work out some great "NewsInnovation" at the J-School. Allthough Umuseso's troubles in Rwanda are of a very different nature from that which The New York Times faces, Jeff Jarvis would probably still start by asking "What Would Google Do?"

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