Key Burundi News Site Suspended Over Defamation Probe
Sumaira FH 9 days ago Sun 14th October 2018 | 12:27 AM
Burundi's main, pro-government news website has been suspended over a defamation probe, a judicial source said Saturday.
Nairobi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 13th Oct, 2018 ) :Burundi's main, pro-government news website has been suspended over a defamation probe, a judicial source said Saturday.
The website Ikiriho -- which has some 350,000 visitors daily and is one of the only sources of news on the troubled east African country -- has been forced to shut temporarily due to its being investigated for defamation over an article accusing a local bank of money laundering, the source told AFP.
.. Ikiriho is suspended," it said.
The website was created by Donatien Ndayishimiye, a former secret service official, and is seen as close to government.
Burundi's independent media houses were largely shut down by government in 2015 as President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a controversial third term in office, sparking civil unrest. Scores of journalists later fled the country due to the crackdown on the media.