Burundi / 2005

Radio station closed

August 17, 2005 12:00 PM ET

JULY 22, 2005 Posted: August 17, 2005 Radio Publique Africaine CENSORED RPA fell silent around 5 p.m. local time as a large group of police broke into the station compound, padlocked its studios, and cut off its transmitter, local sources said. The closure took place despite an earlier compromise...

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August 17, 2005 12:00 AM ET

JULY 22, 2005 Posted: August 17, 2005 Radio Publique Africaine CENSORED RPA fell silent around 5 p.m. local time as a large group of police broke into the station compound, padlocked its studios, and cut off its transmitter, local sources said. The closure took place despite an earlier compromise deal...

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Radio station resumes broadcasts; media council replaced

July 27, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2005—The National Communications Council—known by its French acronym CNC—authorized independent radio station Radio Publique Africaine to resume broadcasting as of today, after police shuttered it on Friday in a standoff over news content. President Domitien Ndayizeye also named a new CNC, following the resignation yesterday of...

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Independent radio station remains closed

July 25, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2005—Radio Publique Africaine remained off the air today after police in Burundi closed the independent broadcaster's offices on Friday night, briefly detaining eight journalists and continuing a standoff over the station's news coverage. RPA Deputy Director Jean-Marie Hicuburundi told CPJ that he and seven colleagues were...

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Police shutter independent radio station

July 22, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 22, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply shocked about today's closure of independent radio station Radio Publique Africaine. The closure took place despite an earlier compromise deal between the authorities and RPA, local sources said. RPA fell silent around 5 p.m. local time as a large...

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Banned independent radio station stops broadcasts for two days

July 19, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2005—Independent station Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) went off air yesterday, after a compromise was reached with the National Communications Council, according to local sources. RPA agreed to a 2-day suspension, on the understanding that Thursday, the council—known by its French acronym CNC—will lift its original ban,...

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BURUNDI

July 18, 2005 12:00 AM ET

JULY 15, 2005 Posted: July 18, 2005 Radio Publique Africaine HARASSED Burundi's National Communications Council ordered the popular independent station Radio Publique Africaine off the air indefinitely, alleging that RPA's recent election coverage was biased and that it had insulted the council. Alexis Sinduhije, RPA's director, called the suspension unjust...

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Independent radio station faces government ban

July 15, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 15, 2005—Burundi's National Communications Council has ordered the popular independent station Radio Publique Africaine off the air indefinitely, alleging that RPA's recent election coverage was biased and that it had insulted the council. Alexis Sinduhije, RPA's director, called the suspension unjust and said the station intended to...

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U.S. sends wrong message to the world

June 30, 2005 4:02 PM ET

Restrictive regimes around the world came out ahead. Many were already taking a cue from a U.S. case involving the leak of a CIA officer's name when the Supreme Court announced this week that it would not hear an appeal by two journalists. The reporters, Matthew Cooper of Time magazine and Judith Miller of The New York Times, face 18-month jail terms for not revealing their confidential sources.

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In Burundi, journalist who said president ‘depressed’ is freed on bail

June 23, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2005—Radio and online journalist Etienne Ndikuriyo was released on bail today after spending more than a week in jail for writing a story about the health of President Domitien Ndayizeye. Criminal charges are pending, and he has been ordered to report to a judge once a...

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