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Theater faced with several challenges in Burundi

08-29-2019 In an interview with Iwacu this August 28th, Arthur Banshayeko, a Burundian comedian and theater director says theater is faced with a few problems in Burundi. “We lack materials. We should have costume, sound, set and lighting designers, what is not the case in Burundi. We are still behind (...)
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Burundian mulattoes faced with several problems, says AMEGL

08-14-2019 In a press briefing held on August 14th, the Association of mulattoes in the Great Lakes Region says mulattoes in Burundi face social discrimination in their everyday life. “Mulattoes have always been in search of their African roots with a desire to reunite with their families of origins,” says (...)
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CNC officially launches issuance of national press card

07-31-2019 Burundi Media Regulator -CNC officially launched the issuance of a national press card this July 30. Journalists say these cards will allow them easy access to information sources. “More than 1,500 journalists submitted their applications for press cards to CNC. 772 of them working for 42 media outlets met (...)
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Administrative Court hears anew case between Bonesha FM radio and CNC

07-30-2019 On July 29th, Bujumbura Administrative Court has held again a public hearing of a trial opposing Bonesha FM radio and Burundi Media Regulator-CNC. In its decision of 23 July 2019, the Administrative Court of Bujumbura decided to reopen hearings on the case opposing Bonesha FM radio and CNC. The (...)
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Human Rights Watch: “Under Siege, Burundi’s Journalists Fight On”

07-23-2019 In the context of the third anniversary of the disappearance of Jean Bigirimana, Iwacu journalist on 22 July 2016, Human Rights Watch expresses its concerns over the press situation in Burundi. Iwacu offers below a copy of the opinion piece by Lewis Mudge, the Central Africa director at Human (...)
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Three years now, no news about journalist Bigirimana

07-23-2019 Jean Bigirimana, Iwacu journalist has gone missing since 22 July 2016. The newspaper and his family are still waiting for the results of the investigations conducted into his disappearance. “Jean Bigirimana was a journalist. His disappearance is a trauma for all of us”, says Léandre Sikuyavuga, Editor-in-chief of Iwacu (...)
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BBC closes its office in Burundi permanently

07-17-2019 The British Radio BBC decided this 16 July to permanently close its office in Burundi. It also suspended all its activities in the country. On its Twitter page, the BBC announced that “it closes its office in Burundi after “the failure of negotiations with the Burundian authorities”. This decision (...)
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Administrative Court adjourns again trial between CNC and Radio Bonesha

06-25-2019 The Administrative Court of Bujumbura has held on June 24 the second public hearing on the trial opposing Burundi Media Regulator-CNC and the Radio without Borders ‘Bonesha FM’. It was adjourned for 27 May 2019 because CNC lawyer had not brought the completed file about the trial. . After (...)
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CNC to impose sanction against RFI for exclusive interview with Marguerite Barankitse

06-04-2019 In a press release issued on June 3, Burundi media regulator-CNC has accused Radio France Internationale of airing unbalanced information in an interview with Marguerite Barankitse, a Burundian human rights activist currently living in exile on June 2nd. The founder of ‘Maison Shalom’Burundaise is wanted by Burundian justice. “The (...)
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CNC opens public Whatsapp number to evaluate media

05-31-2019 “The national media regulator- CNC has opened a Whatsapp number to Burundian people to evaluate the contents of radio and television stations operating in Burundi,” announced Nestor Bankumukunzi, chairman of CNC on May 31. Citizens will send critical messages about the information broadcast by various local media to79707777. The (...)