Jean-Claude Kavumbagu

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Burundi government harassing independent broadcasters

August 3, 2011 5:37 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2011--The government of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is attempting to silence critical press coverage of his administration with incessant judicial harassment of two of the country's leading independent broadcasters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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The Internet in East Africa: An aid or a weapon?

June 17, 2011 5:03 PM ET

Frank Nyakairu has seen it all. A veteran war reporter, he has covered the horrors of northern Uganda and Somalia, among others places. And throughout this time of rich but often appalling experiences, he has also seen the auspicious--and...

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Journalist freed in Burundi vows to keep reporting, carefully

May 31, 2011 6:02 PM ET

As recently as April, the state prosecutor in Burundi demanded journalist Jean-Claude Kavumbagu be put away for life. But just a month later, Africa's only jailed online journalist was a free man. A relentless international campaign by press freedom...

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Online journalist finally released in Burundi

May 17, 2011 6:43 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of online editor Jean-Claude Kavumbagu of Net Press on Monday but still questions the original charges placed against him. The High Court dropped charges of treason on May...

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Burundi seeks life sentence for Kavumbagu

April 14, 2011 3:25 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2011--A Burundi state prosecutor asked a panel of judges on Wednesday to hand journalist Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, who has been imprisoned since July 2010 over a column critical of the country's security forces, the maximum life...

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Burundi must free Kavumbagu, halt flawed prosecution

April 11, 2011 11:58 AM ET

Dear Justice Minister Ancilla Ntakaburimvo: We urge you to intervene in the case of Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, editor of the news website NetPress who has been improperly imprisoned since July 17, 2010, on a charge of treason. We call on you to urge the state prosecutor to drop the pending charge against Kavumbagu and secure his release.

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The good times are gone for Burundi's press

December 20, 2010 5:13 PM ET

After 2006, Burundi's government and media relations seemed promising. The airwaves had been open to private broadcasters for years; the president held frequent press conferences, and the government commended the unified press for its professional 2010 pre-election coverage. "The...

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Mission Journal: Behind bars in Burundi

December 13, 2010 2:15 PM ET

"They like me in here," editor Jean-Claude Kavumbagu said of his fellow prisoners. But sub-Saharan Africa's only jailed online journalist still pays protection money to stay safe in Bujumbura's Mpimba Prison.The Net Press editor has been here since police arrested him on July...

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CPJ meets jailed Burundian journalist, calls for his release

December 9, 2010 1:35 PM ET

Bujumbura, December 9, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the release of journalist Jean-Claude Kavumbagu after visiting him in prison in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. CPJ made the call at a press conference marking the end of a four-day mission...

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Iran, China drive prison tally to 14-year high

December 8, 2010 12:01 AM ET

Relying heavily on vague antistate charges, authorities jail 145 journalists worldwide. Eritrea, Burma, and Uzbekistan are also among the worst jailers of the press. A CPJ special report...

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