BUJUMBURA July 2nd (ABP) – The members of the National Media Communication met from June 29 to 30, 2022 in an ordinary plenary assembly.
According to the chairperson of the CNC, Mrs. Vestine Nahimana, it was a question of analyzing, exchanging and validating the annual report of the activities of the CNC, to present the shortcomings committed through the press by certain media. It was also about presenting the achievements of the CNC for the 2021/2022 financial year and analyzing the 2020-2023 annual action plan, she added.
Mrs. Nahimana said that the monitoring service of the CNC is unable to monitor all media due to insufficient human resources while the number of media to monitor increases overnight. She also reported technical difficulties, in particular the repetitive power cuts and the internet connection which is not stable.
Regarding the ever-expanding media universe, she said that Burundi currently has 56 radio stations, 19 television stations, 129 newspapers and 35 news agencies, making a total of 236 media outlets. In addition, there are seven associations of media professionals and partner organizations. Approval application files amount to a good sixty, according to Mrs. Nahimana.
Faced with this multitude of media, she urged them to highlight the professionalism materialized by respect for the law but also the offer of quality programs that fit exactly with the needs of consumers of media products. This implies, according to her, taking into account the concerns of the people, a point towards which all the media must converge. The latter must make efforts to carry out the audience study in order to avoid navigating by sight and thus develop their program schedules accordingly.