“CNC is not yet informed about Iwacu journalists’ detention,” says CNC Chairman

Nestor Bankumukunzi, Chairman of the National Media Regulatory Authority has said the CNC is not yet informed about the detention of the four Iwacu news reporters and their driver. “The Media Regulatory Authority is not aware of the motives behind their detention,” he said adding that if the four news reporters and their driver were arrested for their daily activities, the judicial officials should respect the law. Otherwise, he said, they should be punished like other citizens if they were arrested for other offenses.

Iwacu news reporters detained in Bubanza prison

Diane Ndonse, Chairperson for the Association of women journalists-AFJO deplored the detention of two women journalists with their colleagues of Iwacu Press Group in Bubanza prison. “Judicial officials should accelerate their investigations to release them,” she said.

Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Térence Mpozenzi, Egide Harerimana and their driver Adolphe Masabarakiza, were arrested in Musigati commune on October 22. They are on the 16th day of the detention. On November 4, the lawyers of the four Iwacu news reporters have appealed to Ntahangwa Appeal Court in Bujumbura City. They were accused of “complicity in undermining the state internal security”.