THE BBC HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO RESUME ITS OPERATIONS IN BURUNDI, THREE YEARS AFTER IT WAS BANNED FROM THE COUNTR
Written by awawa on March 31, 2022
The BBC has been allowed to resume its operations in Burundi, three years after it was banned from the country.
Burundi’s media authority – the National Communications Council (NCC) – made the announcement after a meeting on Wednesday in the commercial city of Bujumbura.
The BBC had its licence withdrawn on 29th March 2019 – and no reporter was allowed to work for or pass information to the international broadcasting channel.
It followed BBC reports that alleged to have damaged reputation of the government of the late President Pierre Nkunrunziza – in particular an investigation into alleged secret torture sites used to silence dissent, which it had dismissed as “fake news”.
At the time of the ban Burundi had 1.3 million BBC viewers and listeners in the country.