A brand new YouTube has been arrested in Rwanda


This is Théoneste Nsengimana, co-founder of the Youtube channel Umubavu TV. He was arrested on Wednesday evening concurrently a number of relations of the opponent Victoire Ingabire. They are stated to be held in a single case and are all accused of getting revealed false rumors.

as reported from Kigali, Laure Broulard

This shouldn’t be the primary arrest of Théoneste Nsengimana. In the spring of 2020, he had already spent a number of weeks behind bars, accused of getting obtained false testimony in opposition to cost, earlier than he was launched as a result of lack of proof.

Today, he’s in custody for spreading rumors together with 5 individuals recognized by opponent Victoire Ingabire as near his occasion, Dalfa Umurinzi, unknown to authorities. Together they shaped an organized gang and wished to trigger a standard rebellion with social media. No extra particulars from the investigators.

For her half, Victoire Ingabire sees that she would participate in a debate with a number of members of the opposition in exile, on Théoneste Nsengiamana’s Youtube channel on the night of October 14, that’s, the day after the arrests. The opponent condemns intimidation measures in opposition to his occasion.

Two weeks in the past, one other Rwandan YouTuber was very vital of the federal government, Yvonne Idamange, was sentenced to fifteen years in jail, even to unfold false rumors and incite riot. She was additionally charged with denial of the Tutsi genocide.

According to Human Rights Watch, Rwandan authorities have threatened, arrested or prosecuted at the least eight individuals who commented on the information on social media prior to now two years.


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