Some UN member states have poor records

As the world's leaders gather in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, member states will be open to scrutiny. In Iran, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been imprisoned since July 2014. In Egypt, Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, a Canadian, and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, are pardoned but at least 18 other journalists remain in jail. In Burundi, threats and attacks on journalists covering election violence have forced large numbers into exile. In Turkey, Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool continues to be detained, and in China, the health of imprisoned journalist Gao Yu is deteriorating.

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Mohamed Fahmy, left, and Baher Mohamed in court. (AP)

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Silence in Burundi as violence forces independent press into exile

A Bujumbura road is blocked during unrest over elections in Burundi in July. Many Burundians, including journalists, have gone into exile to flee the violence. (Reuters/Mike Hutchings)

On June 24, a grenade was thrown through the window of Voice of America correspondent Diane Nininahazwe's home. It was one of three cases CPJ has documented in recent months where grenades were thrown into the homes of journalists in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. Fortunately, there have been no fatalities, but there have also been no arrests.

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Burundi must investigate attacks on journalists

The body of a man killed overnight lies on a street as polls open for the presidential elections in Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AP/Jerome Delay)

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 18 other organizations are urging Burundi authorities to investigate attacks on journalists and human rights defenders. Since the April announcement that President Pierre Nkurunziza would run for a third term, defying constitutional limitations and sparking months of protests, journalists have been routinely targeted. At least five radio stations were attacked and their staff threatened, inducing a mass exodus of journalists fleeing the country and leaving an information vacuum at a critical juncture. In presidential elections in mid-July, Nkurunziza won nearly 70 percent of the vote.

August 6, 2015 1:33 PM ET

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Burundi security agents attack journalist covering murder of top general

Esdras Ndikumana was detained and beaten for two hours after he photographed a scene at which a government official was killed. (AFP)

Nairobi, August 3, 2015--Burundi security forces detained and beat a journalist on Sunday while he was covering the assassination of a top general in the capital, Bujumbura, according to news reports and the journalist. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls on Burundian authorities to launch a full and efficient investigation.

Alerts   |   Burundi

Burundi reporter says grenade thrown at home

New York, June 25, 2015 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about growing violence against journalists in Burundi and calls on the authorities to investigate all attacks and protect media workers.  

June 25, 2015 4:53 PM ET


Alerts   |   Burundi, Rwanda

Rwandan journalist arrested in Burundi, charged with spying

New York, June 12, 2015--A Rwandan journalist who was arrested in Burundi on Monday has been charged with espionage, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Burundian authorities to release the journalist and drop the charge immediately.

Alerts   |   Burundi

Amid violence in Burundi, radio stations attacked

The damaged offices of African Public Radio, one of at least five Burundian stations attacked during violence over an attempted coup. (AFP/Jennifer Huxta)

New York May 15, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a series of attacks on Burundian news outlets and calls on all sides in the unrest to refrain from attacking or threatening journalists. In recent days, at least five radio stations were attacked during violence over an attempted coup in the capital, Bujumbura, and threats were made against a newspaper which caused it to stop publishing, according to reports.

Alerts   |   Burundi

Burundian authorities crack down on press ahead of elections

Police in the capital, Bujumbura, have cut the transmission of Radio Publique Africaine, according to RPA Director Bob Rugurika, seen here.

Nairobi, April 29, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the harassment of journalists and news outlets in Burundi and calls on authorities to allow them to cover protests ahead of scheduled elections in May and June. Police cut the transmission of at least three radio stations, and telecommunications companies have been ordered to suspend mobile access to social media, according to news reports and local journalists.

Blog   |   Burundi

Press law debate and journalist's release signal hope for Burundi's media

Supporters of Radio Publique Africaine director Bob Rugurika crowd around the station's offices to celebrate his release on bail last month. Rugurika's release comes as Burundi debates an easing of press laws. (AFP/Esdras Ndikumana)

Burundi journalists may have more space to report freely ahead of the country's controversial elections this year after the legislative assembly pushed for amendments to a draconian press law and a radio director was released on bail.

Alerts   |   Burundi

Burundian journalist arrested, charged after not revealing source

Rugurika, director of Radio Publique Africaine, is taken to jail by police. (IWACU)

Nairobi, January 21, 2015--Burundian authorities imprisoned the director of the privately owned Radio Publique Africaine on Tuesday and charged him with complicity in murder, according to news reports. The arrest followed the station's broadcast of an interview in which an unidentified guest said he was involved in the September murder of three Italian nuns, news reports said.

Blog   |   Burundi

Burundi's journalist union takes repressive press law to court

Alexandre Niyungeko, of the Burundi Union of Journalists, speaks out about the restrictive press law. (IWACU)

If the state decides that a journalist's article in Burundi jeopardizes someone's "moral integrity" under the country's Media Law it can demand that the journalist reveals sources, and it can suspend the publication. "It's a backwards, freedom-killing law," said Alexandre Niyungeko, the founder and head of the 300-member Burundi Union of Journalists. Despite the press fraternity's best efforts, including an appeal replete with 15,000 signatures from organizations, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, urging the president to desist from signing it, President Pierre Nkurunziza passed the bill into law on June 4, 2013.

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