Meeting at their Annual General Assembly on 13 September 2010 in Vienna, Austria, the IPI members unanimously condemned the media repression surrounding the re-election of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and called on the government to allow the media to operate freely.

The government of Paul Kagame suspended critical publications „Umuseso„ and „Umuvugizi,“ shut down radio stations, arrested journalists and brought spurious lawsuits against them.

After „Umuvugizi“ defied its suspension by the government-controlled Media High Council, deputy editor Jean-Leonard Rugambage was shot and killed on 24 June.

The IPI members call on the Rwandan government to prosecute and punish those responsible for Rugambage‘s murder, and to end its suppression of the media by shutting down media houses.