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Rwandan Court Acquits Journalists Detained For Years

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A Rwandan court has acquitted three journalists on charges of spreading false information with the intention of inciting violence and tarnishing the country’s image, reports Clement Uwiringiyimana for Reuters.  The journalists had been detained and denied bail pre-trial for four years since their arrests in 2018 while reporting for the Youtube channel Iwacu TV. Rwanda is among the countries in sub-Saharan Africa that has the worst record for jailing journalists. The Committe to Protect Journalists previously reported that the prosecution in Nyarugenge originally alleged that the journalists had “incited insurrection and spread false information with the intent of tarnishing Rwanda’s image abroad, crimes punishable by up to 15 years in prison.”

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