Burundi Journalist Attack: AFP Reporter Detained, Beaten Amid Deteriorating Environment For Press

Esdras Ndikumana was photographing the scene of a deadly attack in Burundi’s capital Sunday when security forces grabbed him and hauled him to their offices. In two hours, he was beaten, Ndikumana told Agence France-Presse, for whom he was a correspondent. Members of the National Intelligence Service beat Ndikumana’s back, legs and the soles of his feet before releasing him. He was subsequently hospitalized. The news agency said it would look into the event.

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