According to the US Embassy in Rwanda, the major Rwandan newspaper, magazine, and electronic media, The New Times, is a Rwandan Government (GOR) mouthpiece, directly run by the office of the Rwandan dictator, General Paul Kagame.
The analysis was made by the US Embassy in Rwanda, citing a US citizen who had been working as an editor of the New Times and had just ended her term. From the Wikileaks cables and according to the US Embassy, that former New Times Editor “described a culture in which members of the news room struggled against the dictates of the New Times management, which included editorial meetings focused on ways to promote the dominant Rwandan Patriotic Front in the upcoming legislative elections.”
In rather unequivocal and damning terms, the New Times editor confirms that the office of the Rwandan president Paul Kagame determines the editorial line of the magazine and all related publications. The New Times editor adds that the Rwandan President’s office is practically involved in all the managerial details, including selecting and editing articles to be published and choosing the pictures of the Rwandan dictator to be featured in the Magazine and electronic publications.
According to the cables, “She[the New Times editor] confirmed that the Office of the President sends and approves images of President Kagame used on the front page of the paper and said if management “had its druthers,” Kagame would be featured every day. She also said open criticism of individual Government of Rwanda (GOR) officials was more acceptable to the paper’s leadership than general criticism of the GOR at large, particularly in cases where an individual was falling out of favor.“
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