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Burundi Tightens Screws on Media Freedom

Expand Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza arrives for celebrations to mark Burundi’s 55th independence anniversary at the Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium in Bujumbura, Burundi, July 1, 2017.  © 2017 Evrard Ngendakumana/Reuters The Burundian government today signalled a new attack on media freedom, announcing it would renew the Voice of America’s (VOA) suspension and withdraw the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) operating license. These draconian moves are another attempt to prevent the world from knowing about serious human rights abuses happening in Burundi. The BBC and VOA, both…

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