Since President Nkurunziza's decision to run for a controversial third term in 2015, authorities have dealt blow after blow to the media, suspending their licenses and preventing foreign journalists from reporting in Burundi. But not everyone left. Toiling away in the shadows, some journalists stayed behind. When asked why they didn't just stop working as journalists, they all answer, as if in unison: "If we don't write about what's happening, who will?", writes Lewis Mudge for Human Rights Watch.
Under Siege, Burundi's Journalists Fight On
HRW, 22 July 2019
When a journalist we know walks through the streets of his hometown in Burundi, his neighbors often exclaim: "Here comes uwubangamiwe!" Although they say it in jest, the nickname… Read more »
Radio studio (file photo).
Media Advocates Decry Increasing Restrictions
VOA, 18 July 2019
Press freedom advocates are coming down hard on Burundi, after increasing restrictions prompted the BBC to shut down its bureau in the central African country this week. Read more »
Media Independence Under Threat in Burundi After BBC Pull-Out
RSF, 17 July 2019
What with the BBC reporting yesterday that it is winding up operations in Burundi and the national radio and TV broadcaster RTNB now being run by a militia chief, Reporters Without… Read more »
Amnesty International has said the decision to block broadcasts from two international media organizations and extend restrictions on their operations in the country, is nothing ... Read more »
A UN commission of inquiry on Burundi says the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza is becoming more repressive and this does not bode well for elections in 2020. Read more »
The ban, which takes effect on May 7, suspends the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Voice Of America (VOA) from broadcasting in the country because of "falling short ... Read more »
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