Rwanda arrests YouTubers, opposition members for 'spreading rumours'

Rwanda president Paul Kagame

What you need to know:

  • Rwanda, ruled by Kagame since the end of the 1994 genocide which left some 800,000 mainly ethnic Tutsi dead, has often come under fire for rights abuses and a crackdown on freedom of speech, critics and the opposition.

Rwandan police on Thursday announced the arrest of six people including the owner of a popular YouTube channel and three opposition party members for "spreading rumours" intended to undermine the government. 

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