According to information relayed to the press on May 29, 2015, the authority of RURA (Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority) has decided to permanently suspend BBC Kinyarwanda programmes in Rwanda over a documentary (Untold Story) aired by the BBC in October last year. The RURA authority concluded that “the broadcasting of BBC documentary (Untold Story) is an abuse of freedom of press and expression, violates BBC’s own editorial lines… violates journalistic standards and violates the laws of Rwanda particularly that relating to genocide denial and revisionism as well as that bearing on incitement to hatred and division among Rwandans “. RURA stated that “the identified offences will be forwarded to the Attorney General for review and action.”
The FDU-Inkingi condemn this blatant violation of the right to free press. This suspension stems from pressures by the RPF which has never digested that the hidden face of the Rwandan tragedy and criminal responsibilities of certain members of the RPF in the Rwandan genocide, war crimes and other crimes against humanity be stripped naked. This deplorable decision shows once again the true nature of the dictatorial regime of President Kagame that regularly violates the freedom of the press in Rwanda. Indeed free press has been muzzled, independent journalists are often jailed or assassinated.
At this moment when the myth of President Kagame is increasingly collapsing, the closing of BBC broadcasts in Rwanda coincides with well-orchestrated manoeuvres by the RPF regime to change the Constitution to allow the current president to run for a third term. After the closing of Deutsche Welle in Rwanda and the looming termination of Voice of America in Rwanda (VOA Kirundi-Kinyarwanda), the suspension of the BBC-Gahuzamiryango closes the last independent window to observe what will be going on during the already decided upcoming referendum charade. It is public knowledge that all elections that were held under the RPF regime, have always been manipulated and that they were won in advance.
The FDU-Inkingi request that law abiding countries , international human right organizations and defenders of the freedom of expression and free press, to come out and condemn this decision.
Done at Kigali, May 31, 2015
First Vice President of FDU-Inkingi