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Journalist Rights Group Condemns Rwandan Newspaper Seizure

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned Rwandan authorities for seizing copies of a privately-owned newspaper which criticized government.

The New York-based group called on Rwanda to allow the newspaper, Umuco, to circulate freely and to release one of its reporters, Jean Leonard Rugambage, who has been jailed without charged since early September.

Rwandan police say authorities seized copies of Umuco and questioned its editor, Bonaventure Bizumuremyi, for publishing articles deemed harmful to the country.

Police Sunday detained Mr. Bizumuremyi at the border with Uganda, where Umuco is printed, and held him for questioning for several hours. On Monday, authorities said the paper contained harmful stories based on rumors.