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Rwandan YouTuber Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Humiliating the Government

Al Jazeera is reporting that a Rwandan man who used his YouTube channel to criticise the government has been sentenced to seven years in prison by a court in Kigali.

Per the outlet, this comes amid a massive government crackdown on people who call out the government on social media.

The report continues: “Dieudonne Niyonsenga, whose YouTube channel Ishema TV had amassed more than 15 million views, was found guilty on Thursday on four charges including forgery, impersonation, and “humiliating” state officials.”

And speaking with the press, his lawyer Gatera Gashabana said: “We are appealing this verdict against Niyonsenga with immediate effect. It is simply not right.”

The court found Niyonsenga to have committed the crimes intentionally and coupled the verdict with a fine of five million Rwandan francs ($4,900).

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