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Attacks on the Press 2007: Rwanda

February 5, 2008 10:37 AM ET

Tension remained high between the independent news media and President Paul Kagame’s government in the run-up to the 2008 parliamentary elections. Authorities summarily closed two private newspapers, stripped critical newspapers of vital advertising revenue, and jailed one journalist and harassed...

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Rwandan officials threaten to force press to reveal sources

September 11, 2007 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 11, 2007— Top officials accused Rwanda’s independent press on Sunday of undermining the government and threatened to force journalists to reveal their sources, according to local journalists. During a four-hour state television broadcast in the capital, Kigali,...

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RWANDA: Police interrogate two journalists, press them to reveal sources

June 28, 2007 12:00 PM ET

JUNE 28, 2007 Posted July 17, 2007 Charles Kabonero, Umuseso Gasana Didas, Umuseso HARASSED Director Kabonero and editor Didas, of the leading independent newspaper Umuseso, were interrogated for three hours in a police station in the capital, Kigali, local journalists...

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Attacks on the Press 2006: Rwanda

February 5, 2007 11:13 AM ET

The Rwandan media continued operating in an atmosphere of pervasive self-censorship periodically reinforced by government repression. In a January 24 speech broadcast on state radio, President Paul Kagame accused Rwandan journalists of unprofessional conduct, including corruption, and suggested that this...

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Attacks on the Press 2005: Rwanda

February 16, 2006 11:13 AM ET

RWANDA The arrival of private radio stations did little to improve the climate for media in Rwanda, where repression by the government of President Paul Kagame and self-censorship by journalists all but stifled critical coverage. Local media and human rights...

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Editor's conviction upheld, sentence toughened

March 22, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 22, 2005—A Rwandan appeals court today stiffened the sentence against a newspaper editor as it upheld his conviction on charges that he defamed the deputy speaker of parliament in a 2004 article. The Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Rwanda

March 14, 2005 11:13 AM ET

Rwanda The government of President Paul Kagame continued to suppress criticism and maintain a firm grip on the press in 2004. Although the 2003 elections were supposed to bring democracy to Rwanda, independent journalists continued to live in fear of...

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Editor acquitted of "divisionism," convicted of defamation

November 23, 2004 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 23, 2004—The editor of Umuseso, Rwanda's only independent newspaper, was acquitted today on a criminal charge of ethnic "divisionism," but convicted of defamation for a story that raised questions about parliament's vice president. Charles Kabonero averted...

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Independent newspaper editor tried on criminal charges

November 16, 2004 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 16, 2004—The editor of Umuseso, a Rwandan language independent weekly, was tried today on criminal charges of defamation and "divisionism" in connection with an article that accused parliamentary Vice President Denis Polisi of plotting to seize...

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Attacks on the Press 2003: Rwanda

March 11, 2004 12:02 PM ET

Nine years after the 1994 genocide, which killed about 800,000 people, Rwanda ended its transitional ruling period with a constitutional referendum, followed by the first presidential and multiparty parliamentary elections in the country since its independence in 1962. The transitional...

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