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Rwandan Journalist Arrest Leaves Critics Grumbling

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“The use of divisionism laws is now a major threat to the existence of free media in Rwanda. The media does not understand why police continue to detain journalists when it is impossible to prove criminal intent in courts of law. The supreme court has already set a precedent in this regard,” said Gonzaga Muganwa, an independent journalist in Rwanda.

Rwanda National Police has Thursday issued a statement, saying Gatera’s arrest is in relation to the article published in Umusingi newspaper issue 71 dated June 25th to July 5,2012.

Police boss Theos Badege claims the story titled “Impamvu abagabo bahura n’ibibazo kubera gukurikira ubwiza bwabakobwa bitwaga Abatutsi”- loosely translated to mean, Marriage failures are a result of men falling for beautiful Tutsi women, published on page 14 carried discrimination and sectarianism sentiments.

“After complaints from Women groups such as Pro Femme and the Gender monitoring office demanding a rebuttal, Umusingi published an article in issue 74 of July 20 to 28 denying any wrong doing. The article alleged that the objective of the story was lost in translation,” a police statement read further.

“Rwanda National Police began investigation after the National Commission against Genocide (CNLG) filed a complaint demanding an inquiry into the matter,” police added.

“Gatera is currently detained at Kicukiro Police station as investigations are ongoing. If found guilty, he will be charged with discrimination and sectarianism according to Article 136 of the Penal Code.”

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