Burundi president condemned for criticism of journalist

Burundi’s President, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has been condemned for his verbal attack against a journalist who covered the Covid-19 situation in the country.

The president had said Esdras Ndikumana, who reports for French broadcaster RFI, was tarnishing Burundi’s image with his coverage.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said these “serious and dangerous remarks” were “a sad reminder of the fragility of press freedom in Burundi”.

RFI described the president’s accusations as “unfounded and absurd”.

RSF’s Africa head Arnaud Froger urged the president “not to make the wrong enemy” adding that he should be “fighting the epidemic rather than journalists”.

There have been concerns about media freedom in the past in Burundi.

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