Media clampdown designed to silence criticism and independent reporting
Recent articles in Burundi
A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Ciri, northern Burundi, 17 May 2018 during the referendum on constitutional reforms, -/AFP/Getty Images

Burundi’s landscape, prior to the referendum to revise its constitution, featured divisive language, hate speech, intimidation, threats and violence against the media, including the banning of broadcasting stations.

Students wait for class to resume after recess at Nyabitare Primary School in Ruyigi, Burundi, 9 June 2006, Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

Reporter Jean-Claude Nshimirimana was threatened by the Govenor in Eastern Burundi for airing a story on the discontent amongst teachers and principals who were allegedly requested to pay a voluntary tax to fund the general elections to be held in 2020.

A protester carries a placard urging the government to re-open their local Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, 29 April 2015, REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Announcing the decision on 28 September, Burundi’s National Council for Communication (CNC) said Radio Publique Africaine, Radio Bonesha, Radio Renaissance and Télévision Renaissance were having their licences rescinded for spending more than three months without broadcasting and for “failing to sort out their judicial status in time.”