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Information hero Agnès Uwimana Nkusi finally released

first_img BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist June 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Information hero Agnès Uwimana Nkusi finally released Organisation News Receive email alerts Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica News RwandaAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Behind bars since July 2010, Nkusi initially faced up to 17 years in prison on charges of inciting “civil disobedience”, “prompting division”, and “genocide denial”. The accusations followed publication of articles critical of President Paul Kagame. On 5 April 2012, the Supreme Court of Rwanda reduced her sentence to four years, upholding two charges against her: “damaging state security” and “defamation of President Kagame”. Her prison term ended on 18 June, a year after the release of Saidat Mukakibibi, her colleague, who was arrested with her.“We are happy to know that Agnès is free,” said Virginie Dangles, deputy head of research and advocacy at Reporters Without Borders. “But we would like to make clear that her imprisonment was as unjust as it was arbitrary and should never have happened.”For four years, Reporters without borders has demanded that Nkusi’s sentence be overturned and that she be freed. Now that she has been released, the fight for her legal rehabilitation can begin.Rwanda is ranked 162 of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index 2014.Additional information on the Nkusi case. February 13, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Rwanda to go further News Help by sharing this information Rwandan journalist Agnès Uwimana Nkusi was freed on 18 June after completing a four-year sentence on charges including “harming state security” that were prompted by her reporting. Nkusi’s unflinching commitment to information freedom led Reporters Without Borders on 3 May to name her one of 100 “information freedom heroes.” Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

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