Rwandan Online Editor Gets A Two And A Half Year Sentence For Insulting President

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In a decision that appalled press freedom groups, a prominent Rwandan exiled journalist was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for insulting President Paul Kagame in the online version of his newspaper Umuugizi.

The judgment against Jean Bosco Gasasira was just handed down by the Rwandan Supreme Court.

Gasasira was acquitted by a lower court in September but the prosecutor appealed against the acquittal and asked for a 10-year sentence. Media watchdog Reporters without Borders condemned the harsh prison term. Gasasira has no right of appeal.

“Media freedom is Rwanda is extremely fragile and the government is trying to snuff out free and independent media outlets,” wrote the reporters’ group in a published statement.

Gasasira told Reporters without Borders he would not be intimidated by court’s ruling. “The government wants to mess up my life and stop me working, but the ruling is a desperate move by longtime predators of the media.” He would risk arrest if he returned to Rwanda.

Gasasira has been threatened many times, beaten up in 2007, censored and hunted inside the country. He said his paper’s website has been hacked into in recent days and a bogus version, probably put together by government supporters, has appeared (http://umuvugizi.wordpress.com/).

Gasasira says this would allow the government to see who reads the paper online and to post false news.

President Kagame is on the annual Reporters without Borders worldwide list of predators of press freedom.

Two women journalists are currently detained in Rwanda. They are Agnès Uwimana Nkusi, the editor of the privately-owned bimonthly Umurabyo, who was sentenced on 4 February to 17 years in prison, and Saidath Mukakibibi, one of her reporters, who was sentenced to seven years in prison in the same case.

 
 

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PAUL KEGAME IS A WAR CRIMINAL

It is pathetic that this criminal is being treated to all manner of civility when his counterparts are cooling their heels in prison. The Hutus are the majority in Rwanda, yet they don't even play second fiddle.Kegame joined the army to see to it that the Tutsis will always be in control. The massacres of the 1990s were as a result of pent up anger by a people who have been dehumanized over the years. This ill-treatment is on-going and the world has become blind, deaf and dumb leaving only France with the courage to call for Kegame's trial in The Hague.
The root cause of the problem in Rwanda has not been addressed and for as long as that festering wound remains, what passes now for peace is only a facade maintained by deadly weapons and jackboots.
How long will this hypocritical world continue to condone, if not encourage, this war criminal?

PAUL KEGAME IS A WAR CRIMINAL

It is pathetic that this criminal is being treated to all manner of civility when his counterparts are cooling their heels in prison. The Hutus are the majority in Rwanda, yet they don't even play second fiddle.Kegame joined the army to see to it that the Tutsis will always be in control. The massacres of the 1990s were as a result of pent up anger by a people who have been dehumanized over the years. This ill-treatment is on-going and the world has become blind, deaf and dumb leaving only France with the courage to call for Kegame's trial in The Hague.
The root cause of the problem in Rwanda has not been addressed and for as long as that festering wound remains, what passes now for peace is only a facade maintained by deadly weapons and jackboots.
Kegame has also become a threat to the stability of other countries in the region. How long will this hypocritical world continue to condone, if not encourage, this war criminal?

PAUL KEGAME IS A WAR CRIMINAL

It is pathetic that this criminal is being treated to all manner of civility when his counterparts are cooling their heels in prison. The Hutus are the majority in Rwanda, yet they don't even play second fiddle.Kegame joined the army to see to it that the Tutsis will always be in control. The massacres of the 1990s were as a result of pent up anger by a people who have been dehumanized over the years. This ill-treatment is on-going and the world has become blind, deaf and dumb leaving only France with the courage to call for Kegame's trial in The Hague.
The root cause of the problem in Rwanda has not been addressed and for as long as that festering wound remains, what passes now for peace is only a facade maintained by deadly weapons and jackboots.
Kegame has also become a threat to the stability of other countries in the region . How long will this hypocritical world continue to condone, if not encourage, this war criminal?

PAUL KEGAME IS A WAR CRIMINAL

It is pathetic that this criminal is being treated to all manner of civility when his counterparts are cooling their heels in prison. The Hutus are the majority in Rwanda, yet they don't even play second fiddle.Kegame joined the army to see to it that the Tutsis will always be in control. The massacres of the 1990s were as a result of pent up anger by a people who have been dehumanized over the years. This ill-treatment is on-going and the world has become blind, deaf and dumb leaving only France with the courage to call for Kegame's trial in The Hague.
The root cause of the problem in Rwanda has not been addressed and for as long as that festering wound remains, what passes now for peace is only a facade maintained by deadly weapons and jackboots.
Kegame has has also become a threat to the stability of other countries in the region . How long will this hypocritical world continue to condone, if not encourage, this war criminal?

That is rule of law. One day,

That is rule of law. One day, SR operators will also be jailed for careless reporting.

It is an African Leadership thing

www.icheoku.com says Imam Muhammadu Buhari had similar decree during his hijack of governance in 1983. His decree No 24 with which he jailed Ndukar Irabor and Tunde Thompson were for anything that offends the regime; so welcome African henchmen who see the rules as their donkeys that could be whipped left and right as they please. Icheoku says, out with Buhari in enters Paul Kigali and unfortunately or fortunately enough both Buhari and Kigali are very lanky and lean soldiers and William Shakespeare warned such men are dangerous!

I don't care about journalists

Years ago, Nigerian journalists fought and warn their independence with their blood and sweat. Today, the beneficiaries of the freedom are busy collecting brown envelopes.

I don"t like Journalist

I really dont't care for journalist...especially the African ones - Highest-bidder Journalism.

bad

there should be freedom
http://www.loversguilde.blogspot.com

Is this press freedom or what

African leaders and petty issues not concerning development, can i have back my precious time i spent reading this news, time i should have spent doing business at NigerianPro.com

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