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Rwanda frees journalist after 4 years in jail

19 June 2014, 10:35

Kigali - Rwandan journalist Agnes Uwimana Nkusi was released on Wednesday after four years in jail for writing articles critical of President Paul Kagame, an AFP reporter said.

Nkusi, editor of the Umurabyo newspaper, was arrested in 2010 and convicted the following year for defamation, causing divisions and denying Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

"I am very happy to get out of jail and I will continue my career," she told reporters as she left jail, adding she would continue to write critical articles of the government.

"I'm not afraid because of my four-year sentence...I have no regrets, I am determined to do my job until I die."

Her sentence of 17 years was cut to four in 2012, after the supreme court cleared her of genocide denial and promoting ethnic divisions.

Convictions for defamation for insulting President Paul Kagame and inciting public disorder were upheld.

Rights group Amnesty International condemned the imprisonment of the journalist.

The media watchdog ranked Rwanda 162nd out of 180 countries in its 2014 press freedom index.



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