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RWANDA: Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship

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Anjan Sundaram’s new book tells the story of young journalists in Rwanda, under increasing pressure to toe the government line. Coming out of his time running a journalist’s training programme in Kigali, the book paints a picture of reporters co-opted and intimidated by President Paul Kagame’s regime, some facing the risk of arrest and violence. In a country often held up as a beacon of economic development and progress in the Great Lakes region, and supported by billions of dollars of foreign aid each year, Sundaram experienced a climate of fear and repression for those attempting to engage in independent journalism.

Listen back as the author tackles questions of accountability, free speech and the mechanisms used by government to control the national narrative.

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