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Burundi: President Ndayishimiye Moves to Improve Press Freedom in Burundi

Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye on Thursday urged the country's media regulatory body (CNC) to hold an urgent meeting with media houses that were banned or sanctioned to discuss possible reopening of the businesses.

because media has a very important role in citizens' lives," President Ndayishimiye said."Leaders shouldn't blackmail journalists because if they do so then it means they are guilty of something," said President Ndayishimiye.Since getting into office mid last year, President Ndayishimiye has shifted the country's policy including mending relations with the European Union and changing the country's approach on combatting Covid-19.28 January 2021 p Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye on Thursday urged the country's media regulatory body (CNC) to hold an urgent meeting with media houses that were banned or sanctioned to discuss possible reopening of the businesses.

Burundi communication regulatory body (CNC) also suspended Voice of America (VOA) and British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) in 2018 claiming that the two media houses reported biased stories that did not comply with journalism ethics."We are happy about the move by the president to try and open up those media houses which are under sanctions but we wait to see the implementation on ground," said a citizen in Bujumbura.

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