Censorship is ubiquitous in Rwanda, where the spectre of genocide is used to justify the extensive constraints that the government places on the media. Those who dare to criticize the government risk imprisonment or exile. In 2015, the government banned BBC radio broadcasting in the local Kinyarwanda language after a BBC TV documentary referred to mass killings in 1994 by Rwandan Patriotic Front rebels led by Paul Kagame, now Rwanda’s president.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



161 in 2015

Global score


56.57 in 2015

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    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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