Four journalists of Iwacu Press Group to remain in detention

06-06-2020 The Ntahangwa Court of Appeal has rejected on 5 June the appeal made by Iwacu Press Group against the judgment rendered on 30 January by Bubanza Hight Court regarding the detention of four Iwacu press Group journalists. Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Térence Mpozenzi and Egide Harerimana were previously sentenced (...)

New Burundi journalists’ union raises criticism

06-04-2020 On the occasion of the official launch on 3 June of the new journalists union formed by a group of journalists, their colleagues expressed their concerns. After the suspension of the Burundian Union of Journalists (UBJ) in 2015, some Burundian journalists officially launched on 3 June a new union (...)

Verdict on four detained Iwacu journalists to be announced within 30 days

05-07-2020 The Ntahangwa Court of Appeal has adjourned for further deliberation the trial of four journalists of Iwacu Press Group detained in Bubanza Province after being heard in public audience on Wednesday 6 May. Four journalists of Iwacu Press Group, namely Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Térence Mpozenzi and Egide Harerimana (...)

EU and Burundi in reconciliation process, says EU Ambassador

05-06-2020 In his visit to Iwacu Press Group in the morning of May 6, Claude Bochu, EU Ambassador to Burundi has said the relationship between EU and Burundi is in the reconciliation process. “There is a will from both sides to better understand each one’s expectations and limitations,” he says (...)

Journalist under death threat wins media award

05-05-2020 The Burundi Media Regulator [CNC] awarded on 4 May eight prizes to journalists who participated in the contest of Media Award Edition 2020. The prize for newspaper journalists was won by Edouard Nkurunziza working for Iwacu Press Group who has been living in hiding for more than two months. (...)

Burundi: Only press card holders to be allowed to work from July

04-23-2020 “Journalists or communication technicians who do not have a press card will not be allowed to work from July 2020,” said Nestor Bankumukunzi, Chairman of Burundi Media Regulator (CNC) this 22 April after a two-day meeting of committee members held from 21 to 22 April in the Burundian economic (...)

Radio Isanganiro reporters persecuted

04-10-2020 Jean-Marie Vianney Ngendakumana, Radio Isanganiro journalist and his driver Saïd Rukundaneza have been mistreated by young people from Kanyosha commune in Bujumbura province this April 9. They were investigating on an attack perpetrated in Kiyenzi locality in Kanyosha commune. Local residents told Radio Isanganiro journalists that it is deplorable (...)

UNHRC pleads for release of four Iwacu reporters

02-23-2020 According to a communiqué issued by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner on February 20, the UN experts strongly criticized the two and a half year jail sentence handed down against four Burundian journalists. They said sentencing the four journalists to jail for simply carrying out (...)

Some Burundian radio journalists forced to work as volunteers

02-14-2020 “I have just worked for more than 5 years without being paid. I preferred to work as a volunteer to avoid staying idle,” says a young journalist working for a community radio station operating in Gitega province in central Burundi on the occasion of the celebration of the World (...)

Iwacu journalists sentenced to two years and six months in prison

02-02-2020 On Thursday 30 January, the long-awaited verdict for Agnès, Christine, Egide, Térence and their driver Adolphe, was rendered. These four media professionals were sentenced to two years and 6 months in prison. Following a public hearing held in Bubanza High Court, only Adolphe, the driver who had been provisionally (...)