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News media played a prominent role in perpetuating the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Since then, the country has undergone impressive social and economic growth, but little scholarly attention has been given to the media landscape during this redevelopment. Qualitative interviews with Rwandan journalists reveal a complex relationship between journalists and the Rwandan government in which reporters describe working with the government to promote development aims, while simultaneously trying to serve a watchdog function. While restrictions on press freedom do exist, journalists censor themselves to create social change and reunification, thus exemplifying McQuail’s (2010) development media theory, at least in the short-term. However, in the long-term, this lack of critical reporting could limit development and reinforce the existing authoritarian power structure.