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The press incident in Burundi

Norway has alligned with the EU declaration on the press incident in Burundi, published in Brussels 25 April 2006.

24/05/2006 :: On 17 April, the journalists attending a press conference given by Mr Basabose were detained for several hours by the Burundi national police and intelligence services. The European Union notes with disquiet this attempt on 17 April by members of the police and the national intelligence agency to intimidate the Burundi press. The European Union welcomes the firm and rapid response of the Burundi Government, which deplored the incident and stated that it in no way represented its policy in this area. The European Union values the climate of freedom enjoyed by the press in Burundi and regards it as one of the positive points in the country’s political development.

The European Union reiterates the great importance it attaches to freedom of the press, which is one of the prime indicators of a society’s democratisation. The exercise of this freedom must be unfettered.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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