Kameya, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Rwanda Rushya and an
official of the opposition Liberal Party, was killed with his wife and
son. Kameya had been imprisoned and threatened with death under the
Hutu-dominated Habyarimana regime on several occasions since 1991.
Many of Rwanda’s journalists were among the first victims of the
massacres that erupted after the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were
killed in a suspicious pace crash on April 6, 1994. The Rwandan Armed
Forces and Hutu militias took the opportunity to eliminate political
opponents and independent journalists among them Hutu critics of the
regime. CPJ lists 14 journalists whose murders during the massacres, a
preponderance of circumstantial evidence suggest, are directly
attributable to their work.