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Four Burundian journalists charged with undermining state security

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The Burundi government has charged four journalists and their driver with undermining national security.

However, the journalists were arrested last week while covering fighting with rebels from neighboring DR. Congo in Bubanza province.

Moreover, the journalist works for the Iwacu newspaper in Burundi.

Meanwhile, judicial sources confirmed the incident, saying the government arrested the journalist while trying to speak to residents who were fleeing the violence.

In addition, the fighting is between rebels and the army in Bubanza in north-west Rwanda.

The reporters are, however, currently in Bubanza’s central prison.

Besides, if convicted, they may likely spend five to ten years in prison.

Nonetheless, Human Rights Watch and Reporters without Borders (RSF) have called for the journalist immediately release.

Since 2017, when the violence started in Burundi, at least fourteen members of RED-Taraba have been killed.

RED-Taraba is an organization based in eastern DRC and headed by a Burundian opposition figure.

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