Reactions to the so-called twitterspat between Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo and British journalist Ian Birrell that I posted on Monday is still in full swing online. The reactions I posted then pretty much summed up general opinion about the incident with most people siding with Birrell. And while I am usually happy to let the issue rest there, Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda offered up a new perspective – on Twitter no less – that I feel is worth sharing.
Mwenda is an outspoken veteran journalist and co-founded of The Independent magazine in Uganda. He is also no stranger to the dangers of limited media freedoms. It is for those reasons that I found his perspective so interesting, and perhaps a bit more compelling than Birrell’s.
On the twitterspat itself, he had this to say: