Posted by: APO | 14 July 2010

Rwandan Journalist Charged With Defaming President, Espousing Genocide


Rwandan Journalist Charged With Defaming President, Espousing Genocide


KIGALI, Rwanda, July 14, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The IWMF is speaking out on behalf of Agnes Uwimana, the editor of Umurabyo, a private newspaper in Rwanda. Uwimana was arrested July 9 and charged with defaming the president and espousing genocide. She faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted.

Umurabyo is the third private newspaper in Rwanda to face legal trouble before the elections. The government recently shut down two other leading independent newspapers, Umuseso and Umugizi.

“In arresting Agnes Uwimana, the government of Rwanda is invoking the legacy of genocide and national security to silence independent voices in the media,” said IWMF co-chair Barbara Cochran.



International Women’s Media Foundation


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