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Burundi media want Kavumbagu released

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Burundian Journalist in peace demostration calling the government to release Kavumbagu

By jean Luc Ndaruhutse

Burundian media professionals joined the global family of journalists on Tuesday to celebrate the World Day of Press Freedom, under the theme: Freedom of the Press: Where are we? Where are we going?

Scribes began in Bujumbura by a march of a few kilometers from downtown to the Press House, where the bulk of activities were planned. An opportunity to exchange particular on the challenges of the profession and how to overcome them.

Placards deploring the violation of freedom of the press in Burundi, but also a thought for their colleague Jean-Claude Kavumbagu detained in Central Prison in Bujumbura Mpimba since July 2010 for an article published in its daily online Netpress.

The Burundian president of the Union of Journalists (UBJ), Alexander Niyungeko said that it is unacceptable that a journalist should be imprisoned for exercising his profession. He believes that the release of director Netpress is urgent and necessary.

Day coincided with the appearance in the same morning of Tuesday, the editor in chief of Radio Isanganiro by counsel for the City Bujumbura Mitabaro Patrick returned home after 30 minutes of interrogation.

For the journalist’s lawyer Raphael Gahungu Me, who has himself been sidelined during the hearing, it is deplorable that his client had not served the cause of his summons.

Later, after 30 minutes of questioning, the journalist learns of the judge it was a chat. But just, it was a warning to the editor Isanganiro for about an opposition politician balanced on this radio antennas, said Raphael Gahungu Me.

Gahungu Counsel considers that the Prosecution has cut corners. For him, it would have to go through other organs such as the National Communication Council (CNC).

Chairman of the TNC that his body has not been contacted by anyone about this. Pierre Bambasi indicated that the TNC priority to dialogue between partners rather than sanctions.

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