20 May 2008

PUBLIC BROADCASTER EMPLOYEES ATTACKED


IFEX members Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) are calling on the Burundi government to investigate two separate attacks last week that killed one employee of the country's public broadcaster and left another staff member wounded.

Cécile Ndikumana, a sales agent with Radio-Télévision Nationale du Burundi (RTNB), was killed by gunmen in the capital city Bujumbura while on her way home with her husband on 12 May. Ndikumana died instantly and her husband received non-life-threatening injuries.

The same evening, cameraman Hilaire Minani was with a neighbour in Bujumbura when two gunmen attacked them, demanding their money and mobile phones. Minani was wounded on the head and his friend was shot dead.

IFJ is calling for a thorough investigation into the two attacks, as well as improvement in the working conditions of RTNB journalists and media workers. Union members have been on strike since 28 April in protest over the failure to implement a collective bargaining agreement signed in December.

There has been a wave of violence in the Burundian capital in recent weeks since clashes resumed between the army and rebels of the Forces nationales de libération (FNL), the last active, armed movement in Burundi. At least 20,000 people have fled their homes, says UN humanitarian news and analysis service IRIN.

Visit these links:
- RSF: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=26967- IFJ: http://tinyurl.com/6ze6n5- IRIN: http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=78129(20 May 2008)



Burundi
 
More from Burundi
  • Freedom of the Press 2017: Burundi

    Jean Bigirimana, a journalist with the weekly independent newspaper Iwacu, disappeared, reportedly after receiving a phone call from a source within the national intelligence service. His whereabouts remained unknown at year’s end.

  • Freedom of the Press 2016: Burundi

    Journalists faced physical attacks and death threats, including from the police and the youth wing of the ruling party, the Imbonerakure

  • Freedom of the Press 2015: Burundi

    Ranked 164th in annual global media freedom report