Burundi / Africa

  

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

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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Four Iwacu journalists, (L to R) Agnes Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana, Terence Mpozenzi, and the driver Adolphe Masabarakiza, appear at the High Court in Bubanza, western Burundi, on December 30, 2019. The court today convicted the journalists on state security charges. (AFP/Tchandrou Nitanga)

Burundi court sentences Iwacu journalists to 2.5 years in prison

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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Four journalists from Burundian news outlet Iwacu (from left) Agnes Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Terence Mpozenzi, and Egide Harerimana--and their driver Adolphe Masabarakiza--appear at the High Court in Bubanza, western Burundi, on December 30, 2019, charged with undermining state security. (AFP/Tchandrou Nitanga)

Burundi prosecutor seeks 15-year prison term for Iwacu journalists

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 the five stripped of their right…

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Four Iwacu journalists, from left, Térence Mpozenzi, Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana, and their driver, Adolphe Masabarikiza, are detained in Burundi. (Iwacu Media)

Burundi police arrest Iwacu journalists covering unrest

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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A man stands in front of a plaque in honor of missing Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana in Bujumbura during a commemoration to mark one year after the journalist's disappearance on July 21, 2017. On August 2, 2019, CPJ joined a call for the U.N. Human Rights Council to extend the mandate of the Burundi Commission of Inquiry. (AFP/STRINGER)

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

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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Police are seen in Gatumba, Burundi, on January 31, 2017. The BBC recently shut its office in Burundi more than one year after its broadcasts had been banned. (AFP/Onesphore Nibigira)

Banned from broadcasting since 2018, BBC closes bureau in Burundi

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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A radio station is seen in Bujumbura, Burundi, on March 19, 2015. Burundi authorities recently banned the BBC and suspended VOA from broadcasting within the country. (Carl de Souza/AFP)

Burundi media regulator bans BBC and VOA

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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Residents gather for a ceremony in Bugendana in June 2018 to mark the adoption of Burundi's new constitution. Three radio journalists covering a land dispute in the country's capital in August 2018 say police harassed and attacked them. (STR/AFP)

In Burundi, three journalists attacked and prevented from covering protest

Police on August 27 allegedly attacked three journalists with the privately owned station Radio Culture and prevented them from reporting on a land dispute in Ngagara, a neighborhood in the capital, Bujumbura, according to two of the journalists and a Facebook post by SOS Médias Burundi, a collective of independent journalists that reports on the…

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Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks during the launch ceremony on May 2, 2018, for the a constitutional referendum scheduled for May 17 that would allow him to remain in power for another 16 years. Burundian authorities today suspended the licensing for BBC and VOA, according to reports. (AFP/STR)

Burundi media regulator suspends BBC and VOA, warns other broadcasters

Nairobi, May 7, 2018–Authorities in Burundi should immediately lift a six-month licensing suspension imposed on radio broadcasts of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Voice of America (VOA), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Burundi’s National Communication Council (CNC), the media industry regulator, on May 4 accused the two stations of breaching the country’s…

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Burundian journalists mark World Press Freedom day, May 3, 2015, by taping their mouths shut to protest worsening conditions for the press in Bujumbura. (AP/Jerome Delay)

Mounting press freedom crisis in Burundi

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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