Crédit : www.insidevoa.com Describing a recent BBC documentary as “mendacious, slanderous and derogatory,” Burundi’s National Council of Communication (CNC) announced yesterday that it was rescinding the BBC’s operating licence with immediate effect. Broadcast last December, the BBC Africa Eye documentary accused the Burundian security services of operating secret torture and detention sites with the aim of silencing dissent. Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention “This completely arbitrary decision by the CNC bears the hallmark of a continuing media clampdown whose sole aim is to silence the few media outlets that still dare to criticize the Burundian regime,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“By penalizing two leading international media outlets whose programmes in Burundi’s national language have many listeners, the regime is also sending a warning to all Burundian journalists – who already have to censor themselves – ahead of next year’s presidential election.” Follow the news on Burundi Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Burundi’s decision to withdraw the BBC’s operating licence and extend Voice of America’s suspension in a continuing media clampdown designed to silence criticism and independent reporting. March 30, 2019 Burundi bans BBC, extends VOA suspension Receive email alerts News November 27, 2020 Find out more BurundiAfrica Media independence Freedom of expressionPredators News Organisation Reports Help by sharing this information In the same communiqué, the CNC announced that the suspension of broadcasting by Voice of America was being extended until further notice. It accused VOA of continuing to employ a person who was “wanted in an international arrest warrant issued by the Burundian judicial authorities.” News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go further RSF_en Burundi is ranked 159th out of 180 countries in RSF’’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. October 21, 2020 Find out more BurundiAfrica Media independence Freedom of expressionPredators Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists The communiqué added that all persons on Burundian soil are banned from “directly or directly communicating information that could be broadcast” by either of these two media outlets. Last May, the BBC and VOA were banned from broadcasting in Burundi for six months for “breaching professional ethics.” June 5, 2020 Find out more
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