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Free Jean-Claude Kavumbagu!

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I owe Jean-Claude Kavumbagu a huge personal debt for the help he gave me while I was writing “Titanic Express”, and for his efforts to keep up the pressure on the case within the Burundian media.

Jean-Claude, an ardent critic of corruption and human rights abuse in his country, was arrested in September 2008, and charged with “defamation”, simply for questioning President Nkurunziza’s expenditure at the Beijing Olympics.

Amnesty International has taken up the case, listing Jean-Claude as “a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.”

I’ve just set up an online petition to raise the profile of the case, and press for Jean-Claude’s release:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/FreeJeanClaudeKavumbagu

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Written by Richard Wilson

October 14, 2008 at 4:40 pm

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  1. […] Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, the campaigning journalist arrested in September, Alexis Sinduhije has been a huge help in raising […]

  2. Dear Titanic express

    This is a message from a Burundian and friend of Alexis Sinduhije.

    A man with a good will to fight for peace, freedom and against BURUNDIAN GOVERNMENT GREED AND CORRUPTION NEVER DIES. THESE MEN MAY BE FEW BUT WITH GOD’S WILL, ONE DAY THE WORDS OF ALEXIS SINDUHIJE BASED ON BUILDING A NEW BURUNDIAN WHERE HUTUS AND TUTSI WOULD LIVE TOGETHER AS UNITED BURUNDIAN.
    sHAME ON THE PRESIDENT WHO USES THE NAME OF GOD TO ABUSE HIS POWER ON INNOCENT AND REAL BURUNDIAN WHO ONLY SEEK JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS FOR THE BURUNDIAN. SHAME ON YOU.
    you cant live forever and everyone’s day will come soon or later.
    Dear Burundian, don’t loose hope.

    Odette

    Odette Reidy

    November 7, 2008 at 12:17 pm

  3. Dear Alexis,

    This is a message from Ireland. Please Alexis, don’t loose hope. You faced so much and now you were aware that it is a strong war to fight which, you have to face intimidation and death threat but always remember that the good will always win the greed, selfishness and unjutice system that govern us now. Burundian people are tired of this war and Burundian people have all hope on you and don’t give up and fight for their rights.

    Tell all the real burundians who are fighting for Burundi to be free from corruption, injustice and poverty, that their courage to risk their life for the freedom and change towards good governance based on the protection of all citizens protected, will be once rewarded.

    God protect you and all your followers. We are thinking of you.

    Odette Reidy and family

    Odette Reidy

    November 7, 2008 at 12:35 pm

  4. Hi Odette – I’ve passed the message on via the MSD’s Facebook page, which is here: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/99269?recruiter_id=5828780 – If you’re on Facebook, I’m sure they would very much appreciate you joining the ’cause’.

    Many thanks again for your message,

    Richard

    Richard Wilson

    November 7, 2008 at 5:54 pm

  5. […] September, the journalist Jean-Claude Kavumbagu was arrested and accused of “defaming” Pierre Nkurunziza after reporting on his […]

  6. […] 2008 The Burundian activist Frederic Gateretse has launched a campaign to free Alexis Sinduhije, Jean-Claude Kavumbagu and the other political prisoners arrested in President Nkurunziza’s latest crackdown. […]

  7. Hello Richard

    Apologies, I’ve lost your e-mail. I’ve been including a link to the JCK petition in my e-signature after the link to Hasan’s Srebrenica book. Would it be helpful to switch to a different link bringing in Alexis Sindubuje and others or would it be more effective to keep the focus on Jean-Claude Kavumbagu?

    All the best

    Owen

    Owen

    January 12, 2009 at 11:01 am

  8. […] journalist Jean-Claude Kavumbagu was arrested last September and charged with “defaming” the head of state after daring […]

  9. […] a comment » Last year I wrote about the arrest of the Burundian journalist Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, who was charged with […]

  10. […] leave a comment » See also, Free Jean-Claude Kavumbagu […]


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