Ban On International Media In Burundi Starts Today

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Ban On International Media In Burundi Starts Today

The 6-month ban slapped on operations of the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America by the Burundi government takes effect today.

The ban was announced in the week that the world marked World Press Freedom Day, after the Burundi government accused the two broadcasters of falling short of laws governing the press in the country and breaching professional ethics.

According to The East African newspaper, in the case of the BBC, the Burundi government was angered by an interview by BBC French Service broadcast last week, in which a Burundian activist based in Brussels made several allegations against President Pierre Nkurunziza

The BBC said in a statement that it would provide the Burundi government with a full response regarding the broadcast.

While the VOA was reportedly banned for collaborating with illegal radios.

The latest World Press Freedom Index reflects the extremely dire situation in the East and Horn of Africa for journalists.

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