In the midst of a media blackout, Burundians turn to WhatsApp for information Mar15

In the midst of a media blackout, Burundians turn ...

    Burundi’s radio stations, traditionally the most popular source for news in the East African country, have been all but shut down since a failed coup last May. In the wake of the coup attempt, President Pierre Nkurunziza cracked down on the independent press, including the country’s “big four” independent channels: Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), Radio Bonesha, Radio Isanganiro and Radio Télé Renaissance. All were destroyed by presidential loyalists on May 14, forcing journalists into exile and plunging Burundi into a media blackout. Radio Isanganiro was allowed to resume broadcasting on February 19 alongside Rema FM,...