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Spotlight: Free Expression & the Law

Constitutional Court quashes several repressive provisions of Burundian media law

In response to a petition from the Union of Burundian Journalists (UBJ), the Constitutional Court has quashed certain provisions of the media law that was promulgated on 4 June 2013. The court’s ruling, issued on 7 January, invalidated articles providing for huge increases in fines and other penalties that could be imposed on journalists in an arbitrary manner.

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    Hassan Ruvakuki, was released on "health grounds" in March after 15 months in prison, and has now been granted a formal "conditional release" that allows him to go back to work. Ruvakuki was originally sentenced to life imprisonment for reporting on a rebel group in Tanzania.


Media groups face debilitating fines under new Burundi law

Burundi's new media law introduces a requirement for journalists to have set levels of education, fundamentally undermines the protection of journalistic sources and imposes debilitating fines for media organisations who are deemed to be contravening the law.

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