Journalists Covering Their Country From Exile
The Rwandan supreme court sentenced journalist Jean Bosco Gasasira to 30 months in prison on June 3rd 2011 for charges of calling for civil disobedience and insulting the president.
Gasasira called it a “desperate decision issued by old media predators.” Although he has been living in exile for more than a year, it seems the Rwandan government has not abandoned its desire to silence him.
On World Refugee Day, celebrated on June 20, Reporters Without Borders payed tribute to those journalists like Gasarira who manage to continue working as journalists after being forced to flee their home countries. By so doing, they defy those who tried to silence them.
For this report, Reporters Without Borders interviewed journalists, news media and organizations which it has helped and with which it works on a regular basis.