RFI condemned the decision and said it was all the more surprising since the Ministry of Information had just granted her press accreditation.
“It is outrageous that the government should expel a foreign correspondent without even offering an explanation,” said Ann Cooper, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. “This serves as a grim reminder of the difficulties that many journalists face working in Rwanda.”
Rolley had been RFI’s correspondent in Rwanda since October 2004. Last fall, RFI launched programs on FM in the country, broadcasting in English as well as French.