Genocide watch – here we go again? – Media accuse Burundi radio station of promoting hate

Burundi’s media have accused a radio station close to the ruling party of promoting hate as the United Nations warned against incitement to violence amid tensions over disputed elections. Media groups wrote to the National Council of Communication regulatory body to “protest its silence” in the face of broadcasts by the private Rema FM station that they described as hateful and dangerous. In the letter, a copy of which was seen by AFP, the media groups accuse the station of “manipulation of information, the promotion of hate and the stigmatisation of certain political personalities.” The radio station has been broadcasting the names of people it accuses of being “in the business of destabilising the country,” the letter says. “It is not the first time that we are contacting you to express our concerns about the hateful and dangerous character of the information broadcast by Rema FM,” it says. “But the inertia of the CNC puts in danger social calm as regards the political context we are in,” warned the organisations, which include the Burundi Journalists Union and the Burundi Press Observatory. The regulatory body is headed by a member of the ruling party and has lost credibility among the media and diplomatic corps in recent years. Rema FM is close to the ruling CNDD-FDD party of President Pierre Nkurunziza and has broadcast across the country for three years.

http://blogs.rnw.nl/medianetwork/media-accuse-burundi-radio-station-of-promoting-hate

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