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 (...)

Iwacu bitterly criticized by CNC

07-15-2019 Burundi media regulator-CNC has published its annual report. Iwacu newspaper is accused of serious misconduct. During the presentation of the annual report on the Burundian media situation this July 9th, the chairman of CNC has accused Iwacu newspaper of publishing unbalanced information stirring up trouble, slander, etc. ,. An (...)

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 (...)

Two local CSOs dismiss Burundi financial partners’ concerns over current situation

04-10-2019 CAPES+ and PISC Burundi, two local Civil Society Organizations, say they have already noticed an election fever and other ill-intentioned tactics by local and foreign partners that could disrupt peace and security on the eve of the 2020 elections. Venant Hamza Burikukiye says the unfair and false condemnation by (...)

BBC banned to broadcast and VOA still suspended in Burundi

03-29-2019 Nestor Bankumukunzi, Chairman of Burundi Media Regulator-CNC says the radio station British Broadcasting Corporate-BBC is completely banned to broadcast in Burundi while the VOA is still suspended until further notice. “BBC did not keep its promises since it had broadcast a documentary movie that turned out to be false, (...)

PARCEM to set up Media Observatory

01-11-2019 Faustin Ndikumana, chairman of PARCEM, an organization involved in the changes of mindset says the media observatory’s objective will be to follow closely activities done by media houses and their regulator-the National Communication Council. “Media play an important role in the country’s development. People give their points of view (...)

Burundi: Attorney General reacts to BBC report about human rights violation

12-13-2018 In a press conference held this December 12, 2018, the Attorney General of the Republic refuted the accusations made in a video report by the BBC. On December 4, the British television channel BBC aired a video in which Burundi security services are accused of running secret torture and (...)

Flare- up of tensions between Burundi and Rwanda

07-30-2018 Kigali accuses its neighbor of serving as a breeding ground for armed groups behind attacks which were carried out in some Rwandan localities bordering Burundi. Bujumbura denies accusations. The hatchet is far from being buried. The population living near the border with Rwanda report that there is a military (...)

ANALYSIS – Burundi: Nkurunziza Referendum that solves nothing whatsoever

05-27-2018 By Antoine Kaburahe and Jean-François Bastin* Ever since 2015, polls in Burundi have been manipulated by a regime desperate to get out of the political quagmire it brought about. Each and every time, it completely failed. The constitutional referendum of May 17 has just, once again, proven this fact. (...)

BBC and VOA radios suspended for six months in Burundi

05-04-2018 The National Media Regulator has suspended BBC and VOA radio stations for six months from broadcasting in Burundi.They have been accused of having violated the law governing the press and professional ethics and the decision will start from 7 May. The Control and Regulation Agency for Telecommunications -ARCT has (...)