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'I DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES. I WANT THE TRUTH’

 

Newspaper reporters heroes are never with one-way ticket to hell and back, but those who have to live in it. Saidati Mukakibibi, 53 years and four children, founder and director of the magazine 'Monti Jali News', lives in Rwanda, one of those places where something as basic as defending human rights can cost the jail, exile or life. Beside him in a Madrid terrace, sits Ndekerumkobwa Epiphanie, the widow of Jean-Léonard Rugambage, a journalist murdered outside his home in Kigali by trying to count how long tentacles of the Rwandan government fail to reach many exiles who found dead in their hotels. Today Epiphanie is asylee in Spain. "There are many difficulties to be independent journalist in Rwanda. The first are the law. You may not have access to government information. That only reach journalists working for the media the government," says Mukakibibi. "The second is funding: the official media monopolize all advertising We print 2,000 copies with a frequency of twice a month and penalties have yet.". On the map of freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders distributed in major newspaper offices, most countries ranging from white or yellow (good standing) to orange or red (worrying). There are a few states dyed black. In Africa, Rwanda stands, the scene of a terrible genocide in 1994 that enjoys an enviable economic growth but still stuck on Human Rights. Why did you decide to found a media just after spending three years in prison? Are not you afraid of the consequences? - "I do not care and I know the consequences can be serious, I want the truth.". Mukakibibi family comes from journalists. His brother, who was a reporter, was killed by the Hutu government during the genocide accused of supporting the Tutsi rebels. "It's funny. Now the Executive accuse me of the same thing, but on the other side. I went to jail three years by counting the murder of the husband of Epiphanie". Other relatives also died in the massacres of 1994. This Sunday gives his testimony in the events organized by Reporters Without Borders for the World Day of Press Freedom. His magazine, one of the few free advertising space in Rwanda, based on "peace and reconciliation", the cornerstone of the future and the motto Rwandan Government's own Paul Kagame, who has achieved many successes against corruption, child poverty, education, cleanliness and safety on the streets, but maintains a democratic fiction no opposition worthy of the name (the real one is in exile or in prison) thanks to an iron-fisted regime. "My dream is that things will change, I want to encourage those who are well behaved and discourage those who do evil," says Mukakibibi, you have to print your magazine in neighboring Uganda and prays that the stacks of paper to pass without border problems to arrive on time to your readers.

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