Burundi: Two foreign journalists among 17 arrested in police raid

    Burundi: Two foreign journalists among 17 arrested in police raid

    Jan 29, Bujumbura: At least 17 people, including two foreign journalists, have been arrested in a late-night police raid in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, media reports said.

    A presidential spokesman Willy Nyamitwe said in a series of tweets late on Thursday that officers arrested 17 people in the Jabe and Nyakabiga neighbourhoods, and that they recovered a cache of weapons.

    French journalist Jean Philippe Remy, the Africa bureau chief for Le Monde newspaper, and Phil Moore, a British freelance journalist and regular contributor to Al Jazeera English, were among those held, according to Al Jazeera news report.

    In a statement released on Friday, La Monde said both journalists were legally in the country and "were merely exercising their profession by meeting all parties concerned by the current tensions in Burundi". In Nairobi, the Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa (FCAEA) said they were "extremely concerned about the arrests" of their colleagues.

    Burundi has been in conflict since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to run for a third term in office in April, going on to win a heavily disputed election three months later.

    Authorities have since cracked down on opposition parties, human rights activists and the media. At least 300 people have been killed in intermittent violence during the crisis and 215,000 others have fled the country, rights group said.

    The Oslo Times


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