Government deports independent weekly’s deputy managing editor

first_img News News Receive email alerts April 6, 2020 Find out more Reports July 17, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government deports independent weekly’s deputy managing editor Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns this week’s deportation of Furaha Mugisha, the deputy managing editor of Rwanda’s leading independent weekly, Umuseso. Despite having a Rwandan mother, Mugisha is a citizen of neighbouring Tanzania.“This is an unacceptable act of intimidation that yet again highlights the Rwandan government’s inability to tolerate the few independent publications,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In the run-up to legislative elections, we remind the government that media diversity is an essential condition for the holding of democratic elections.”Plain-clothes police came to Mugisha’s home in the north Kigali district of Kacyru at 4 a.m. on 12 July and said they wanted to take him to their office to assist in an investigation. But instead they drove him to the immigration department and from there he was taken to the Rumoso border crossing into Tanzania and expelled.“This is all part of a desire to gag the press and uproot the independent media,” Umuseso publisher Charles Kabonero said. Employed by Umuseso since 2003, Mugisha was the victim of a knife attack in 2004 by assailants who were never identified.With a Rwandan mother and a Tanzanian father, Mugisha used to have a Rwandan passport and ID card, but the authorities refused to renew them in 2005. Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Help by sharing this information center_img Follow the news on Rwanda November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation RwandaAfrica to go further RwandaAfrica News BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist February 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more