Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"Associated Press Writer" Edmund Kagire reports again

Democratic Green Party of Rwanda's First Vice President Andre Kagwa Rwisereka, left, seated next to the speaker, Frank Habineza, President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda and the African Greens Federation at their attempt to convene in Kigali, Rwanda, on October 30, 2009, which was broken up by violent saboteurs.  Rwisereka was found today, 07.14.2010, beheaded with a machete near Bukare, Rwanda   "Associated Press Writer Edmund Kagire" reported the story. 

Edmund Kagire, the "Associated Press writer" on the AP's report about the beheading of Democratic Green Party of Rwanda's First Vice President Andre Kagwa Rwisereka is an illiterate fanatic who pens government propaganda for Rwandan President Paul Kagame's state owned and operated The New Times.   Edmund has followed me and my Rwanda reporting around the Web, most of all on the site of the San Francisco Bay View, National Black Newspaper, screaming "Genocide Denier!" and much worse, at me and other commenters.   In a Facebook post Edmund screamed, with regard to my reporting on Rwanda and Democratic Green Party of Rwanda President Frank Habineza, "What's the matter, Annie?  You fuck Frank???"

What kind of balanced "Associated Press Writer" is that?

In another Facebook exchange reported here on Colored Opinions, Kagire referred to William and Mitchell College of Law Professor and ICTR lawyer Peter Erlinder as a Nazi.  I reported on Erlinder's arrest in Rwanda, part of the heightening clampdown on dissidents, politicians, and defense lawyers, for Fog City Journal, the San Francisco Bay View, Digital Journal, and Global Research.  Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, human rights organizations, the National Lawyers Guild, and bar associations all over the world called for Erlinder's release until a Rwanda judge freed him to return to the states on medical grounds.   Freeing Erlinder on legal grounds would have undermined the whole justification of the Kagame regime that Edmund Kagire is paid to defend, by Kagame's state mouthpiece The New Times, and now, the Associated Press.

Kagire's reports in The New Times are immediately reproduced on the, a website with administrative offices in Washington D.C..

His AP story, today, July 15th, 2010, about Riswekera's grisly beheading, makes reference to the June 24th assassination of Umuvugizi reporter Jean Leonard Rugambage.  His seemingly "balanced reporting" includes this implausible explanation of Rugambage's murder:

"One of the two men charged with Rugambage's murder pleaded guilty to the charges. Rugambage's killing was linked to an article he wrote for the independent newspaper Umuvugizi in which he pointed to possible government involvement in the attempted killing the dissident general.

But Bidace Nduguyangu told a court Wednesday that he shot Rugambage because of his involvement in the 1994 genocide in which the journalist, while working for the military, allegedly killed his friend's brother.

Nduguyangu testified that he and Karemera were not happy with a two-year sentence Rugambage was given by a traditional court, so they started plotting revenge. Rugambage only served a year of his sentence for crimes linked to the genocide.

Karemera, however, denied any involvement in court. A bail hearing is expected Thursday for the two men."

This is, of course, the charade that the Kagame government can be expected to arrange, in which the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, as recounted in his regime's official history, is the cause of all evil and violence in Rwanda, now and forever, amen.  However, a truly "balanced" AP reporter might have added:

"Critics of the Kagame regime charge that he blames every ill and/or instance of violence in Rwanda on those officially identified as perpetrators of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, and that he himself had the most to gain by ordering the assassination of the journalist who had just accused him of ordering the assassination attempt on General Kayumba Nyamwasa in South Africa." 

But, without that bit of "balance," the genocide revenge story no doubt creates enough confusion in the minds of AP readers,  most of whom are barely familiar with Rwandan history or politics, to keep them from concluding that Rwandan President Paul Kagame is a coldblooded killer ordering the execution of dissident politicians and press.

Shame on the Associated Press.

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