Censorship and self-censorship

Despite a new media law in 2010 and efforts to develop Internet connections throughout the country, censorship and self-censorship are ubiquitous in Rwanda. The specter of the 1994 genocide is still used to brand media critical of the government as “divisionist.” In 2015, the government banned BBC radio broadcasting in the local Kinyarwanda language after a BBC TV documentary referred to the deaths that took place during the advance on Kigali in 1994 led by Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s current president. There have been fewer abuses against journalists in recent years because most of the outspoken journalists have either fled abroad or have learned to censor themselves. President Kagame’s reelection in August 2017, which he won after a constitutional amendment allowed him to run for a third term, means that authoritarianism and censorship are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



159 in 2017

Global score


54.11 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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