Burundi

Some UN member states have poor records

As the world's leaders gather in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, member states will be open to scrutiny. In Iran, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been imprisoned since July 2014. In Egypt, Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, a Canadian, and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, are pardoned but at least 18 other journalists remain in jail. In Burundi, threats and attacks on journalists covering election violence have forced large numbers into exile. In Turkey, Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool continues to be detained, and in China, the health of imprisoned journalist Gao Yu is deteriorating.

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Mohamed Fahmy, left, and Baher Mohamed in court. (AP)

Alerts   |   Burundi

Burundi arrests two foreign correspondents in wider crackdown

Jean-Philippe Remy and Philip Edward Moore are pictured soon after their release from police custody in Bujumbura, Burundi, January 29, 2016 (AFP)

New York, January 29, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Burundi to stop harassing journalists and allow them to freely report on events in the country. At least three journalists have been briefly detained in the past two days.

Statements   |   Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

CPJ calls on Democratic Republic of Congo to not extradite Burundian journalist

New York, December 31, 2015­--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo not to extradite Egide Mwemero, an exiled Burundian radio journalist who has been in custody since October 13, according to reports. Bob Rugurika, director of independent Burundian station Radio Publique Africaine where Mwemero also worked, told CPJ he fears Mwemero will be killed if he is sent back to Burundi. Burundian authorities this month requested the extradition of at least four other journalists who fled into exile, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Burundi

Radio journalist arrested and held without charge in Burundi

New York, November 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Burundian authorities to release radio journalist Blaise Célestin Ndihokubwayo, who was arrested Friday, according to reports.

Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Burundian journalist arrested in Democratic Republic of Congo

New York, October 19, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Egide Mwemero, a Burundian journalist who, according to the managing director of his radio station and local reports, was arrested in Uvira in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on October 13.

Blog   |   Burundi

Silence in Burundi as violence forces independent press into exile

A Bujumbura road is blocked during unrest over elections in Burundi in July. Many Burundians, including journalists, have gone into exile to flee the violence. (Reuters/Mike Hutchings)

On June 24, a grenade was thrown through the window of Voice of America correspondent Diane Nininahazwe's home. It was one of three cases CPJ has documented in recent months where grenades were thrown into the homes of journalists in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. Fortunately, there have been no fatalities, but there have also been no arrests.

Blog   |   Burundi

Burundi must investigate attacks on journalists

The body of a man killed overnight lies on a street as polls open for the presidential elections in Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AP/Jerome Delay)

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 18 other organizations are urging Burundi authorities to investigate attacks on journalists and human rights defenders. Since the April announcement that President Pierre Nkurunziza would run for a third term, defying constitutional limitations and sparking months of protests, journalists have been routinely targeted. At least five radio stations were attacked and their staff threatened, inducing a mass exodus of journalists fleeing the country and leaving an information vacuum at a critical juncture. In presidential elections in mid-July, Nkurunziza won nearly 70 percent of the vote.

August 6, 2015 1:33 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Burundi

Burundi security agents attack journalist covering murder of top general

Esdras Ndikumana was detained and beaten for two hours after he photographed a scene at which a government official was killed. (AFP)

Nairobi, August 3, 2015--Burundi security forces detained and beat a journalist on Sunday while he was covering the assassination of a top general in the capital, Bujumbura, according to news reports and the journalist. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls on Burundian authorities to launch a full and efficient investigation.

Alerts   |   Burundi

Burundi reporter says grenade thrown at home

New York, June 25, 2015 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about growing violence against journalists in Burundi and calls on the authorities to investigate all attacks and protect media workers.  

June 25, 2015 4:53 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Burundi, Rwanda

Rwandan journalist arrested in Burundi, charged with spying

New York, June 12, 2015--A Rwandan journalist who was arrested in Burundi on Monday has been charged with espionage, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Burundian authorities to release the journalist and drop the charge immediately.

Alerts   |   Burundi

Amid violence in Burundi, radio stations attacked

The damaged offices of African Public Radio, one of at least five Burundian stations attacked during violence over an attempted coup. (AFP/Jennifer Huxta)

New York May 15, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a series of attacks on Burundian news outlets and calls on all sides in the unrest to refrain from attacking or threatening journalists. In recent days, at least five radio stations were attacked during violence over an attempted coup in the capital, Bujumbura, and threats were made against a newspaper which caused it to stop publishing, according to reports.

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