Journalism in Rwanda remains a balancing act

Sunny Ntayombya

news_060709_salus_2The imprisonment of editor Agnes Uwimana and reporter Saidat Mukakibibi leaves me in an uncomfortable position.

The Kigali High Court found Uwimana guilty of threatening state security by publishing material aimed at inciting public disorder and creating ethnic divisions – for that she was given a 17-year jail term. Mukakibibi, like Uwimana, was an employee of the Kinyarwanda-language newspaper Umurabyo (‘Lightening’). She was similarly charged but got seven years behind bars. Thankfully, the Supreme Court reduced their sentences to four and three years, respectively, on appeal.

As a practising journalist, I found the amount of jail time disproportionate to their actual ‘crimes’. As I wrote last year in reaction to the High Court’s verdict and sentence, men and women found guilty of participating in the 1994 genocide have been jailed for less time. So have armed robbers, hoodlums, rapists and corrupt officials who have stolen millions of francs from…

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