June 12

Radio station suspended after giving air-time to rebels

first_img to go further The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa BurundiAfrica Reporters Without Borders called on the Burundian government today to immediately end its shutdown of the radio station Isanganiro for allowing an anti-government rebel leader to go on the air.”This decision deprives people of news and is especially damaging when the country is starting new talks to re-establish peace,” said the press freedom organisation in its request to communications minister Albert Mbonerane. “Burundians want to form their opinions freely. It is not for the authorities to say what material should be broadcast.” The privately-owned Isanganiro went off the air on 13 September after the minister ordered it to close for a week, accusing it of broadcasting “defamatory statements about the government at a time when it is trying to achieve an overall and permanent ceasefire.” The station had allowed Pasteur Habimana, spokesman for the Hutu-based rebel National Liberation Forces to speak in a programme. The government has several times asked radio stations not to broadcast interviews or statements by rebel leaders.Other privately-owned stations in Burundi decided the day after Isanganiro’s suspension to refuse to cover the activities of the government and of President Domitien Ndayizeye until Isanganiro was allowed back on the air. Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists The independent radio station Isanganiro was shut down for a week on 13 September after broadcasting an interview with the leader of one of the country’s rebel groups. Reporters Without Borders called on communications minister Albert Mbonerane to lift the ban. News October 21, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Burundi Reports News BurundiAfrica September 15, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio station suspended after giving air-time to rebels Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention RSF_en June 5, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more