NAIROBI (Reuters) – Burundi has banned the BBC and indefinitely suspended Voice of America, moves that campaigners and the international broadcasters described as a blow to press freedom.
The central African nation’s media regulator revoked the BBC’s license and accused it of airing a documentary that it said was false and damaged the country’s reputation. It extended an existing suspension on VOA, accusing it of employing a reporter who opposed the government.
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Both broadcasters were suspended, initially for six months, in May last year in the run-up to a referendum that opposition politicians and activists said was designed to extend the president’s rule for at least a decade.
At the time it accused both of breaching press laws and unprofessional conduct. They have been off air in Burundi ever since.
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“The unwarranted decision of the Burundi government to ban the BBC and suspend indefinitely Voice of America strikes a serious blow against media freedom, and we strongly condemn it,” the BBC said in a statement.
The publicly funded British broadcaster aired a documentary last year about what it said...
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