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French newspaper slammed over genocide cartoon

Publish date: 15 April 2019
Issue Number: 819
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Rwanda

A racist cartoon published by Le Monde on Friday has drawn the ire of many Rwandans and friends of Rwanda as the nation commemorates the 25thanniversary of its genocide. The New Times reports that analyst Alain Ngirinshuti noted that the cartoon was ‘the very negation’ of the genocide against the Tutsi, by referring to it as an ‘inter-ethnic massacre’. The newspaper coneeded that the drawing was inappropriate and should not have been published. France used both its military and political weight to support the Rwandan government before, during and after the genocide. Legalbrief reports that Rwanda last year passed a law banning cartoons that ‘humiliate’ government officials.

Full New Times report