Égide Harerimana

Short story writer and English-language reporter Harerimana was arrested with Iwacu staff in October 2019 while investigating clashes between security forces and armed groups. In January 2020, he was… More

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Jean-Claude Kavumbagu

The first online journalist imprisoned in sub-Saharan Africa, Kavumbagu has been arrested six times by six consecutive Burundi governments for dissident reporting. Most recently, he was jailed in July… More

Jean-Claude Kavumbagu | Status: Released | Burundi

Following his July 2010 arrest, Jean-Claude Kavumbagu was charged with treason, which carries a life sentence in Burundi. Kavumbagu's trial was held on April 13, 2011. On May 13, 2011, the… More

Online Editor Sentenced and Released

On May 16, 2011, Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, editor of the online press agency Net Press, was released and acquitted of treason, though he was sentenced to eight months in prison… More

Online Editor Jailed for Treason

PEN International protests the continued detention of Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, editor of the online press agency Net Press, who was arrested on July 17, 2010. More

Online Editor Jailed for Defamation

International PEN protests the three-week detention of Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, editor of the online press agency Net Press, who was arrested on September 11, 2008 and charged with defamation. More

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