Burundi Radio Stations Back on Air Amid Sweeping Govt Changes

The Burundi National Communication Council (CNC) has lifted a ban on Bonesha radio after talks between CNC and media owners early this month. Bonesha radio, a local radio station, was banned from operating in the country in 2015 after the failed coup against former president Pierre Nkurunziza. During the same period, several other local media houses were banned from operating in the country with some accused of playing a role in the foiled coup. According to the 2020 World Press Freedom Index Burundi stands at position 160 out of 180 countries, falling from position 142 before the political crisis erupted in 2014. Since taking office in 2020, President Évariste Ndayishimiye has also shifted the country's policy including mending relations with the EU and changing the country's approach in the fight against Covid-19.

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