Rwandan imprisoned Journalists should be released immediately

Journalists Agnes Nkusi Uwimana and Saidati Mukakibibi were sentenced today to respectively 17 and 7 years imprisonment over opinion articles they wrote in August 2010 prior to presidential elections. They were prosecuted over several articles they had written in which they criticized government policies and made corruption allegations against senior government officials. The prosecutor has not convincingly demonstrated how accused journalist writings might be interpreted as "a threat to national security or were envisioned, or expected, to stimulate violence," according to our researcher in Kigali. Journalists Agnes Nkusi Uwimana and Saidati Mukakibibi should not have been subjected to criminal...

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