Wednesday 25 April 2018
(Voice of America 04/23/13)
NAIROBI — Journalists and activists in Burundi are opposing new legislation they say will infringe on press freedoms and lobbying the president to reject the bill. Last week, Burundi’s senate approved a new media bill that would force journalists to disclose sources, and bans the press from reporting on issues deemed too sensitive, including public security, defense and the economy. Media houses that overstep the boundaries could face thousands of dollars in fines. Bob Rugurika, editor in chief of Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) in Burundi, says the restrictions are unacceptable. There are many, many restrictions, he said. The law prevents reporters from working on news about security, the economy, the currency, according to Rugurika. Right groups including the Committee to...