Ubiquitous 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 by Rwandan Patriotic Front rebels led by Paul Kagame, now Rwanda’s President. There have been fewer abuses against journalists in recent years, as most of those critical of the regime have fled abroad or practise self-censorship. The presidential election scheduled for August 2017, in which Kagame is using a constitutional amendment to seek another term, could easily expose the media to renewed tension.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



161 in 2016

Global score


54.61 in 2016

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