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Rwandan Journalist Arrested for Comparing President Kagame to Hitler

Rwandan President Paul Kagame compared to Hitler

Rwandan President Paul Kagame compared to Hitler

Kigali – Rwandan police have arrested an independent journalist for comparing President Paul Kagame with the Nazi German leader Adolf Hitler, police said, but an official denied her detention was linked to upcoming elections.

Saidati Mukakibibi, a journalist who works for independent newspaper Umurabyo, was arrested for defamation, inciting public disorder and ethnic “divisionism”, police spokesman Eric Kayiranga said on Monday.

“She wrote articles through the paper comparing President Kagame to Hitler. Behind his picture they put insignia of the Nazis,” Kayiranga said. “The articles were causing public disorder in terms of causing divisionism and spreading rumours that can cause insecurity.”

Here is the article written by Saidati Mukakibibi in UMURABYO Nr 29:

Kagame azaba uwande mu bihe biri imbere?

Kagame’s administration says free speech must be tempered by concerns about stoking ethnic enmity which led to the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 Rwandans were killed.

Police also detained Umurabyo’s editor last week. But authorities deny charges by rights groups that the government is clamping down on critical opposition and journalists before presidential elections in August.

Rwanda’s Media High Council (MHC) said Mukakibibi’s arrest was not linked to the upcoming ballot, which Kagame is expected to win by a large majority.

“What worries us most is that she has written things that are criminal in nature. Should law enforcement organs keep quiet because of elections?” MHC executive director Patrice Murama told Reuters.

Police arrested the paper’s editor and owner Agnes Uwimana on charges of genocide denial and stirring ethnic hatred. Uwimana has previously served a one year jail term for inciting ethnic divisions and defamation.

Two other critical newspapers were suspended in April on similar charges but international media rights groups described the move as a veiled attempt at censorship.

In June, Rwandan journalist Rugambage was shot dead outside his home in Kigali after writing a report linking Rwandan security services to the alleged assassination attempt on dissident general Kayumba Nyamwasa in exile in South Africa.

The government denies being behind either shooting.


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1 Joanne { 02.08.11 at 10:58 am }

Excellent. Unfortunately this is what is needed. The perpetrators of the genocide are still up to their various ways to invoke violence again in Rwanda. They have never given up since 1994 to raid and kill tutsi and through other incedious means to sway rwanda out of the momentum of reconciliation and restoration. Shame on people who report this as a freedom of speach issue. IT is NOT. These are holocaust deniers in a country where people can be slaughtered still for being Tutsi as opposed to rwandan. Genocide sympathizers will never give up. Kagame and others need to be vigilant.

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