AFP, RFI reporter threatened over Burundi crisis coverage

Burundian journalist Esdras Ndikumana delivers a speech after receiving the Diplomatic press award, on January 11, 2016 at French Foreign ministry in ParisThe Burundi correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, who was tortured last year by security forces, received threats on social media Tuesday after being accused by authorities of “promoting crime and violence” with his coverage of the country’s crisis. Esdras Ndikumana, winner of France’s diplomatic press prize in 2015, is considered one of the leading specialists on Burundi and is highly regarded across Africa. Fearing for his life, the 55-year-old was forced to flee Burundi in August 2015 but continues to cover developments in the country from abroad.

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