Rwanda: Defiant suspended newspaper ‘Umuvugizi’ now published online
Kigali – Mr. Jean Bosco Gasasira, the exiled editor of the suspended Rwandan newspaper UMUVUGIZI has announced that he has started publishing the tabloid on the Internet, at www.umuvugizi.com.
UMUVUGIZI and UMUSESO have been suspended in April by the High Media Council. The reasons given to force these tabloids off the streets were that they were insulting President Kagame, causing panic within the population, provoking insubordination in the army and scaring existing and potential foreign investors.
The papers have petitioned court to reverse the six-month suspension, arguing the Media Council was acting illegally but in the meantime, the Media Council has asked the court to definitely ban them.
Mr Gasasira, the UMUVUGIZI editor, has left the country fearing for his life. He has not officially revealed his whereabouts yet. In an interview to the BBC Kinyarwanda, Mr Gasasira has confirmed that his newspaper has started publishing online, insisting that the current suspension doesn’t apply to publications he can make in exile from outside Rwanda.