What the Law says about press & media accreditation in Rwanda
In line with the Law n° 04/2013 of 08/02/2013 relating to access to information in general and the Law N°02/2013 of 08/02/2013 regulating media in particular, all members of the Regional, Continental and International media fraternity are welcome to cover, gather and disseminate news from Rwanda. To be allowed to exercise the profession of journalism in Rwanda (like in any other country), media practitioners should be endowed with a press card.
According to Article 2 & 3 of the aforementioned Law on media, “a Rwandan journalist, whether exercising the profession of journalism in a registered media company or a freelance, or a representative of a foreign media organ in Rwanda, shall be given accreditation by the Media Self Regulatory Body while a Foreign or Rwandan journalist working for a foreign media organ shall be given accreditation by a competent public organ”.
In the meantime the Media High Council will continue to accredit Foreign or Rwandan journalist working for a foreign media organ until the Ministerial decree is out to specify a competent public organ that shall take that responsibility as provided for in article 3 of the media Law n 0. 02/2013 of 08/02/2013.
The country in general and the Media High Council in particular are ready to assist all ways possible to ensure that foreign press in Rwanda are facilitated to carry on their work without any obstacles.
However the following must be provided to make this facilitation possible:
1° Official letter requesting for accreditation addressed to the Executive Secretary;
2° Two (2) colored passport size photographs;
3° A copy of the passport;
4° A copy of a visa except journalists from countries that benefit from the visa waiver e.g. journalists from the East African Community Member States, United States of America, COMESA Member states, etc;
5° A copy of a press card of the country of origin;
6° A receipt of payment from Rwanda Revenue Authority except those exonerated as provided for by an Order of the Minister in charge of information.
NOTE: If you apply for an online accreditation, you will be assessed and informed of your eligibility to conduct business in Rwanda, however, your accreditation card will be issued after you have arrived in the country and have duly paid for accreditation at the nearest Rwanda Revenue Office;
7° List of equipment to be used while covering and or gathering news from Rwanda. These may include, but not limited to, digital cameras, broadcasting equipment, microphones, tripod stands etc.
The cost of Accreditation card:
A foreign Journalist requesting an accreditation card shall pay as follows to Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA):
– US $ 30 for journalists wishing to stay in Rwanda for between one to fifteen days
– US $ 50 for journalists wishing to stay in Rwanda for between fifteen to one month ;
– US $ 100 for journalists wishing to stay in Rwanda for between one to three months ;
– US $ 200 for journalists wishing to stay in Rwanda during three to six months ;
– US $ 300 for journalists wishing to stay in Rwanda during six months to one year.
The renewal of the accreditation costs the same as initial cost of the card except otherwise established by the MHC.
For more details, contact us on the following address:
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com;
Phone: Tel: (+250) 783 299 168 / (+250) 728 399 168 (Mr. RUTAYISIRE Emmanuel);
P.O.Box 6929 Kigali