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(Apr 04, 2013) Rwanda's High Court recently confirmed the lower court sentence of a newspaper editor to one year of imprisonment and a fine of about US$50 for expressing ethnically divisive ideas. Stanley Gatera, chief editor of Umusingi, had lodged an appeal of the first court decision, taken in the
The original case resulted from a complaint about an article published in Umusingi on June 28, 2012, entitled "The Beginning of Problems for Men Attracted to the Beauty of Tutsi Women." The women's group Twese Hamwe Association contacted the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide, asking for prosecution of the author. In his defense, Gatera asserted that the article was an opinion piece and that he was not the author. He further argued that it was up to the court to determine who had written the article. (Rwandan Journalist Sentenced to One Year in Jail, supra.)
Gatera was convicted of inciting "divisionism" and gender discrimination, based on the article's statement that men who marry Tutsi women just for their beauty may have regrets. (
The CPJ, which describes itself as "an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide" (About CPJ, CPJ website (last visited Apr. 1, 2013)), urged the court to release Gatera after his first conviction. Tom Rhodes, a CPJ consultant for
|Author:||Constance Johnson More by this author|
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Last updated: 04/04/2013