Constitutional Court quashes several repressive provisions of Burundian media law

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President Evariste Ndayishimiye holds up the national flag of Burundi at his swearing-in ceremony in Gitega, 18 June 2020, Evrard Ngendakumana/Xinhua via Getty

Burundian president has mixed media freedom scorecard

A year into his rule, Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye has taken several corrective measures, but has yet to make meaningful decisions to transform the restrictive media freedom and civic space.

A medical staff member measures a man's temperature as a preventive measure against Covid-19 upon his arrival of repatriation in Gatumba, Burundi, on the border with DRCongo, 18 March 2020, ONESPHORE NIBIGIRA/AFP via Getty Images

Africa’s handling of COVID-19 marred by abuse of power

The continent’s initially successful response to the pandemic was tainted by denialism, corruption and weaponisation of social media across several countries.

The irony of Burundi’s media awards

Burundi’s state-controlled awards illustrate the paradoxical media landscape in the country, as police scoop the top award while the print media category is awarded to a journalist in hiding as a way to flush him out.