The International Community Must Come to the Aid of Improperly Detained Rwandan Journalists
By: Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation
Today, stories are coming out of Rwanda about the most recent wave of arrests of journalists, some sources indicate that part of their alleged crimes are reporting on Rusesabagina's plight. Since Rusesabagina's voice has been caged, #FreeRusesabagina is asking the international community, on Rusesabagina's behalf, to stand up for the journalists who are being wrongly harassed and detained throughout Rwanda.
#FreeRusesabagina applauds Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists for calling attention to the plight of the journalists and hope that other NGO's and governments will stand up for their rights. Journalism is not a crime.
According to AlJazeera, (Six arrested in Rwanda for spreading rumours to cause 'uprising' (https://www.aljazeera.com/
They went on to say, "Critics have accused President Paul Kagame's government of human rights abuses although it has had support from Western donors for restoring stability in the years after the genocide, and boosting economic growth."
Human Rights Watch has been tracking the assault by the Rwandan government on journalists. According to their report, "Rwanda: Crackdown on Opposition, Media Intensifies (https://www.hrw.org/
The Committee to Protect Journalists has taken up the cause of one of the journalists, Théoneste Nsengimana: Rwandan journalist Théoneste Nsengimana detained since October 13 (https://cpj.org/
Their report said, "By detaining journalist Théoneste Nsengimana, the Rwandan government is exposing its intolerance for commentary that critically covers issues of public interest and airs dissenting voices," said CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative, Muthoki Mumo. "Authorities should immediately release Nsengimana, drop all the charges filed against him, and cease harassing journalists for their work."
Background: In late August, 2020, humanitarian Paul Rusesabagina, whose story of saving 1,268 people during the Rwandan Genocide was told in the film Hotel Rwanda, was kidnapped and flown against his will to Kigali, Rwanda.