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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 (...)
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Administrative Court adjourns trial between Bonesha FM radio and CNC

05-28-2019 The Administrative Court of Bujumbura has adjourned for June 24 the public hearing of the trial opposing the Radio Without Borders ‘Bonesha FM’ and Burundi Media Regulator-CNC that was scheduled for 27 May 2019. CNC defense lawyer has not brought the complete file about the trial. “We note that (...)
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CNC accuses “some media” of broadcasting unbalanced information

05-19-2019 Nestor Bankumukunzi, chairman of the national media regulator-CNC has recommended the media especially the private ones to work in compliance with the law and in the general interest of the nation and to be more professional. It was on Friday, May 17, in Bujumbura when presenting the report of (...)
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Government satisfied with press freedom in Burundi while RSF worries

05-03-2019 The Ministry of Communication and the Reporter Without Borders NGO appreciate differently the situation of freedom of the press in Burundi. “We reiterate the commitment of the ministry of communication to guarantee press freedom in accordance with the law in force” said Frédéric Nahimana, Minister of Communication, on the (...)
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Burundi women journalists demand sufficient representation in decision-making bodies

05-03-2019 “32% of 1,420 journalists who have registered at Burundi media regulator-CNC to get the press card are women while the latter are represented at 14% in decision-making organs,” said the Association of Women Journalists- AFJO in a conference held on May 2nd with media officials. Diane Ndonse, AFJO chairperson, (...)