'The country's media regulator accused the BBC of broadcasting content which "put national cohesion and reconciliation at stake" while charging VOA with employing an opposition figure wanted in connection with violence that preceded a May 2015 coup attempt.
The landlocked Central African country of Burundi has banned the BBC and indefinitely suspended the Voice of America*, accusing the international UK and US outlets of spreading "lies" and disinformation.
In a statement put out on Friday, Burundi's media regulator said it revoked the British Broadcasting Corporation's license over a lack of "proper measures" taken following the airing of a documentary which authorities said contained falsehoods, including allegations that members of the intelligence services engaged in the detention and torture of dissidents.
Official docs why BBC’s license in #Burundi has now been revoked. Statement says following a suspension of 6 months last year, BBC didn’t keep promise for “proper measures” and followed with documentary regulatory body says was “full of lies and didn’t comply with Bdi press laws” pic.twitter.com/Pj20cCSKu4
— Victoria Uwonkunda (@Msuwonkunda) March 29, 2019
Meanwhile, Voice of America saw its license pulled over its employment of Patrick Nduwimana, a radio journalist suspected of involvement in a failed coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza in May 2015.
Both the BBC and the VOA already received six-month suspensions last May ahead of a constitutional referendum seeking to allow for the extension of Nkurunziza's term in office by two terms.
The BBC blasted the Burundian government's "unwarranted decision" against itself and the VOA, saying that the move "strikes a serious blow against media freedom."
BBC Statement on Burundi: pic.twitter.com/AP9z8vccgT
— BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) March 29, 2019
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