There has been an increase in online censorship, particularly regarding criticism of the government. The BBC’s local language websites have been blocked and a number of other online news outlets have too.
Online news editors have also been told to withhold or delete articles on sensitive topics. There have been significant investments in Rwanda’s ICT sector, which have improved affordability and access. Internet penetration is 18% and mobile penetration is almost at 80%.
Recommendations Received, Cycle 2
Continue strengthening its legislation to eliminate all provisions that undermine freedom of expression
Recommending State: Chile
Take measures to protect journalists from harassment
Recommending State: Norway
Take further steps to promote greater media freedom, including by ensuring that the Rwanda Media Commission becomes a more independent self-regulatory body
Recommending State: Ghana
Respect and protect freedom of expression online and offline, and freedom of assembly and association, including by lifting obstacles regarding the registration and work of NGOs, and by acceding to the first Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Recommending State: Estonia