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Mounting press freedom crisis in Burundi

October 25, 2016 4:20 PM ET

Nairobi, October 25, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm about the deteriorating situation for the media in Burundi. In the past three days alone, the Interior Ministry closed the country's journalists' union and security forces detained reporters on assignment....

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CPJ calls on Burundi to release Radio Maria reporter

October 13, 2016 4:37 PM ET

Nairobi, October 13, 2016--Burundi's national intelligence service should immediately release radio journalist Salvador Nahimana, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained Nahimana, a reporter for the Burundian branch of Radio Maria, a global station that broadcasts news and missionary statements, on October 2, and transferred him to the...

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Burundian intelligence service detains journalist one week without charge

August 29, 2016 11:43 AM ET

Burundian authorities detained Gisa Steve Irakoze, a reporter for the independent Radio Buja FM on August 18, 2016, and released him without charge a week later, rights groups and the National Union of Journalists in Burundi reported....

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Burundi journalist Jean Bigirimana missing for two weeks

August 5, 2016 3:51 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the welfare of Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana. The journalist's news outlet says he has not been seen or heard from since July 22. Bigirimana, a reporter with the independent weekly newspaper Iwacu, formerly with the pro-government...

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World Refugee Day: Fear of arrest drives journalists into exile

June 16, 2016 9:49 AM ET

In August 2014 two journalists living more than 4,000 miles apart slipped across a border to find safety: one with his wife and three children, the other alone. Idrak Abbasov, from Azerbaijan, and Sanna Camara, from Gambia, faced imprisonment because of their reporting. Neither has been able to return home....

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Burundi arrests two foreign correspondents in wider crackdown

January 29, 2016 4:49 PM ET

New York, January 29, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Burundi to stop harassing journalists and allow them to freely report on events in the country. At least three journalists have been briefly detained in the past two days....

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CPJ calls on Democratic Republic of Congo to not extradite Burundian journalist

December 31, 2015 12:05 PM ET

New York, December 31, 2015­--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo not to extradite Egide Mwemero, an exiled Burundian radio journalist who has been in custody since October 13, according to reports. Bob Rugurika, director of independent Burundian station Radio Publique Africaine where...

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Radio journalist arrested and held without charge in Burundi

November 9, 2015 6:17 PM ET

New York, November 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Burundian authorities to release radio journalist Blaise Célestin Ndihokubwayo, who was arrested Friday, according to reports....

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Burundian journalist arrested in Democratic Republic of Congo

October 19, 2015 6:36 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Egide Mwemero, a Burundian journalist who, according to the managing director of his radio station and local reports, was arrested in Uvira in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on October 13....

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Silence in Burundi as violence forces independent press into exile

August 26, 2015 5:45 PM ET

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,...

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