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Rwandan journalists on Umurabyo newspaper sent to jail

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    Two Rwandan journalists with the Umurabyo newspaper have been sentenced to long jail terms after being found guilty of stirring up ethnic divisions.

    Among several articles, the judge referred to one saying some Rwandans were unhappy with the country's rulers.
    Prosecutors said this was "meant to stir [up] hatred and fury against the government".
    President Paul Kagame came to power in 1994, ending the genocide in which some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered.
    He has recently been accused of intolerance and harassing anyone who criticises him.
    His government defends its tough media laws, pointing to the role of "hate media" ahead of the genocide.

    BBC News - Rwandan journalists on Umurabyo newspaper sent to jail