Rwanda suspends BBC local programs

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The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has this evening suspended all local language (Kinyarwanda) BBC radio programs with immediate effect. “Over the last three weeks, RURA has received complaints of incitement, hatred, divisionism, genocide denial and revision from the public following the documentary aired by BBC on 1 October 2014 titled “Rwanda – The untold Story” and other violations of journalistic responsibility spanning a number of years.” RURA will further establish investigations into the allegations. The decision follows complaints from parliamentary sessions that unanimously called for the suspension of the BBC as well as civil society protests against genocide denial and revisionism displayed in the documentary. The findings of the inquiry will determine further actions to be taken.