Burundi Government Bans BBC
Burindi president, Pierre Nkurunziza/AFP

The government of Burundi on Friday shut down the BBC Radio service in the country due to the media outfit’s “false’’ reporting.

Burundi’s head of the National Communication Council, Nestor Bankumukunzi, announced the withdrawal of the station’s licence to operate.

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“The licence to operate the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio Station is withdrawn,’’ he said in a statement.

“It is strictly forbidden for any Burundian or foreign journalist located in the national territory of Burundi to directly or indirectly provide information that can be broadcast by BBC Radio,’’ he added.

The government said the decision was taken in light of an investigation published by the BBC in December.

It said the BBC alleged Burundi’s security services were running secret torture and detention sites to silence dissent.

Bankumukunzi said the documentary had violated the law governing the press in the east African nation.