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Cartoons That ‘Humiliate’ Government Officials In Rwanda Now A Crime

Cartoonists in Rwanda who are found to humiliate government officials through their drawings will now go to jail.

A new law in that country says drawing cartoons or producing writing that “humiliates” a government official is now a criminal offense, reports news24.

Journalists say the law that took effect on Thursday will greatly affect work that is meant to hold public officials, including Cabinet members and security officers, to account.

A cartoonist who breaks the law faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1 145. If the cartoon targets a member of parliament or top-ranking official, the penalty doubles.

At least one Justice Ministry official is asking who will determine whether someone has been humiliated. The Rwanda Journalists Association’s executive secretary says it’s easy for officials to take cartoons negatively.
Defaming Rwanda’s head of state already was illegal, bringing five to seven years in prison.

Source: news24

 

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Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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  1. heheheee….They should not impose dis kind of law in Nigeria oooo

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