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Iwacu TV journalists acquitted

By IGIHE
On 5 October 2022 at 03:30

The High Court has acquitted three journalists owning a YouTube channel dubbed ‘Iwacu TV’ who have been facing charges of spreading false information with intention to create hostile international opinion against Rwanda, publishing unoriginal statements, and inciting public insurrection.

The journalists include Jean Damascène Mutuyimana, Jean Baptiste Nshimiyimana and Schadrack Niyonsenga who were arrested in October 2018.

The High Court has said that the Prosecution did not present tangible evidences pinning them and ordered their immediate release.

“It was revealed that the Prosecution did not present tangible evidences on inciting public insurrection, and of spreading false information with intention to create hostile international opinion against Rwanda. None of them happened,” Jean Paul Ibambe, the defense lawyer of the three journalists has told IGIHE.

The Prosecution’s allegations are based on stories published on the journalists’ YouTube channel on attacks of FLN to Rwanda in 2018.

Ibambe has said that the journalists told the court that the attacks occurred where there are individuals convicted of involvement.

They have been detained for four years. Ibambe said that the trio has rights to appeal for compensation noting that their acquittal is what matters the most.

The three journalists of Iwacu TV have spent four years in jail.

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