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UN chief 'regrets' new Burundi media law which may curb press freedom

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 5 June 2013
Cite as UN News Service, UN chief 'regrets' new Burundi media law which may curb press freedom, 5 June 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/51b1ce624.html [accessed 30 July 2016]
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed regret that a new media law in Burundi was promulgated with provisions that may have a negative impact on the freedom of the press.

In statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General emphasized that the right to freedom of expression and pluralistic and free media are essential components of a healthy democracy.

Mr. Ban urged the Burundi Government to ensure that its legal framework is aligned with the country's democratic tradition, "as well as the international human rights standards to which the country holds itself," the statement said.

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