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Most journalists in Rwanda face incessant attacks and harassment. This includes arrests, detention, ill-treatment, death threats and extra-judicial killings. However, the risk of imprisonment or exile is the most frequent threat  to Rwandese journalists. Most have been found guilty of defamation and have received disproportionate sentences. This has resulted in media self-censorship.

ARTICLE 19 is working with Rwandese journalists to mitigate these challenges and increase freedom of expression in their country.

Journalists currently in prison

Agnes Uwimana Nkusi

Agnes Uwimana Nkusi is serving four years in prison for allegedly defaming President Kagame and endangering national security. She had originally been sentenced to 17 years in prison for inciting “divisionism” and genocide denial as well as endangering national security and defaming the president in a series of articles published in Umurabyo newspaper, which she was the Editor. On appeal, the Supreme Court on 5 April 2012 quashed the convictions for inciting divisionism and genocide denial, but upheld charges of defamation and endangering national security.