Rwanda Rushya
April-June, 1994, in Rwanda, Rwanda

Kameya, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Rwanda Rushya and an official of the opposition Liberal Party, was killed with his wife and son. Kameya had been imprisoned and threatened with death under the Hutu-dominated Habyarimana regime on several occasions since 1991.

Many of Rwanda's journalists were among the first victims of the massacres that erupted after the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed in a suspicious pace crash on April 6, 1994. The Rwandan Armed Forces and Hutu militias took the opportunity to eliminate political opponents and independent journalists among them Hutu critics of the regime. CPJ lists 14 journalists whose murders during the massacres, a preponderance of circumstantial evidence suggest, are directly attributable to their work.

Beats Covered:Politics
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Paramilitary Group
Taken Captive:No


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