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The Rwanda Journalists Association [ARJ] is the professional body that brings together all journalists and media practioners in Rwanda.

ARJ was founded in 1995 to bring together journalists and help biuld a professional media in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide that had had a massive effect on the profession.

Since ARJ has remained the prime organisation campaigning for the interests of journalists, biulding solidarity, striving for greater press freedom, media professionalism and standards and better working conditions for journalists.

ARJ has been responsible for putting in place the journalists Code of Conduct in conjunction with other associations.

Similarly ARJ has over the years engaged policy makers so as to improve the legal framework that regulates media in the country.

Presently, ARJ represents more than 500 Rwandan journalsits and media practitioners.

ARJ is an active member of the International Federation of Journalists [IFJ], the Federation of African Journalists, the East African Journalists Association [EAJA] and is in collaboration with journalists unions, associations and federations in regional countries.

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