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Journalists attacked in Burundi since 1992

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Burundi blocks social media access during presidential elections

May 20, 2020 2:20 PM ET

Nairobi, May 20, 2020 -- In response to Burundian authorities’ blocking of social media networks during today’s presidential elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:...

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CPJ joins call urging Burundi to maintain internet access during elections

May 19, 2020 12:10 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday joined 30 other rights organizations in a joint letter urging the government of Burundi to ensure that the internet remains accessible before, during, and after the presidential elections scheduled for tomorrow....

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CPJ calls on Burundi to release 4 Iwacu journalists on appeal

May 4, 2020 1:40 PM ET

Nairobi, May 4, 2020 -- In advance of an upcoming appeal hearing for four journalists at Burundian news website Iwacu, who were sentenced to 2.5 years in prison in January, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:...

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CPJ, 80 media and rights groups urge African heads of state to release jailed journalists

April 6, 2020 2:14 PM ET

CPJ and 80 media, press freedom, and human rights organizations write to African heads of state to call on their respective governments to release all jailed journalists amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Burundi court sentences Iwacu journalists to 2.5 years in prison

January 30, 2020 4:30 PM ET

Nairobi, January 30, 2020 -- Burundi authorities should not contest the appeal of four journalists from Iwacu convicted today and should stop filing state security charges against reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Burundi prosecutor seeks 15-year prison term for Iwacu journalists

January 3, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Nairobi, January 3, 2020—Burundi’s public prosecutor on December 30 asked for a 15-year prison term for four journalists for privately owned online news outlet Iwacu and their driver who are charged with undermining state security, according to Iwacu and other news reports. The prosecutor is also seeking to have...

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Burundi police arrest Iwacu journalists covering unrest

October 23, 2019 4:12 PM ET

Nairobi, October 23, 2019—Authorities in Burundi should immediately release four journalists and a media worker from the privately-owned news outlet Iwacu, whom police detained in the western Bubanza province yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

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CPJ joins call for U.N. Human Rights Council to extend mandate of Burundi Commission of Inquiry

August 2, 2019 11:35 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 40 other civil society organizations in calling on member and observer states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to extend for a year the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi....

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Banned from broadcasting since 2018, BBC closes bureau in Burundi

July 26, 2019 9:00 AM ET

On July 16, 2019, the British Broadcasting Corporation said it had closed its bureau in Burundi, more than one year after its transmissions had been banned in the country, according to a report by the broadcaster and a BBC statement sent to CPJ....

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Burundi media regulator bans BBC and VOA

April 2, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Nairobi, April 2, 2019 -- Authorities in Burundi should fully restore broadcasting rights to the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America, and allow journalists in the country to contribute to the two organizations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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