Oct 24, 2014 9:24 AM

Momentum builds in Rwanda to ban BBC

The Associated Press

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) The Rwandan government has expressed its anger over a BBC documentary on the country's 1994 genocide and there have been calls in parliament and by genocide survivors to suspend the global media outlet from Rwanda.

The documentary suggests that President Paul Kagame had a hand in shooting down the plane of former President Juvenal Habyarimana, an act believed to have sparked the genocide, which killed more than 800,000.

Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said the documentary was an "attack on Rwanda and its people" and the government is considering taking action.

The BBC said in a statement that the genocide raises extremely painful issues but it has a duty to investigate challenging subjects. The BBC denied any suggestion the documentary constitutes a denial of the genocide against ethnic Tutsis.


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