Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Burundi – World Radio Day – authorities urged to free jailed radio reporter

On the eve of World Radio Day tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Hassan Ruvakuki, a journalist who works for Radio France Internationale‘s Swahili service and Bonesha FM, a Burundian radio station.

Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to heed a request by Ruvakuki’s lawyer for his release.
“Hassan Ruvakuki has a right to a conditional release,” his lawyer, Fabien Segatwa, told Reporters Without Borders. “If this request, submitted immediately after the appeal verdict, is not satisfied, we will take it to the country’s highest appeal court.”

The Reporters Without Borders petition for Ruvakuki’s release so far has 2,200 signatures. Sign the petition.

The campaign by RWB, RFI and French External Broadcasting for Ruvakuki’s release has won support from news media and press clubs all over Africa.
(Source: Liberty Voice)

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