Rwanda: Journalist died in motorbike accident

Rwandan journalist John William Ntwali, founder and editor - in –chief of Irene and Pax TV Youtube channel which publishes investigative news stories, died in the early hours of Wednesday 18 January at around 2: 50 am in a road accident in the capital Kigali, according to police sources.

Credit: IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Rwanda Journalists' Association (RJA) in mourning for journalist John Williams Ntwali and calls on the government of Rwanda to launch an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

According to the spokesperson of the Rwandan Police, “the accident happened in Kicukiro District as a result of over speeding between a vehicle and a taxi- motorcycle.  Ntwali was the passenger on the motorcycle and he died instantly. The driver involved in the accident was arrested and held in custody at Kicukiro Police Station.”

The Rwanda Journalists' Association expressed its sadness over John Williams' death and extended its sincere condolences to his family, friends and relatives as well as the media community.


Journalist John Williams Ntwali was considered an independent investigative journalist who reported on critical issues involving justice and human rights in the country. 

IFJ's General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said that the death of Mr. Ntwali is a loss to many who appreciated his contribution towards an independent and robust reporting in Rwanda, which is a guarantee for accountability. 

“We join our affiliate in mourning for John Willimans Ntwali and extend our condolences to his family. We also urge the authorities to investigate his death and provide clarity over the circumstances surrounding the death of a committed journalist.”

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