A member of Egypt’s April 6 Youth Movement distributes nooses in front of the presidential palace in Cairo. The group is rallying to mark its fifth anniversary and to protest against President Mohammed Morsi. Amr Nabil/AP
Participants attend the 6th Women National Conference in Sanaa, yemen. The conference discussed issues relating to ending discrimination against women in Yemeni legislation as well as political and economic empowerment for women. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
A South Korean Army soldier walks on Unification Bridge in Paju, South Korea. More South Koreans workers began to leave the North Korean factory park where they work, four days after Pyongyang closed the border to people and goods. AhnnYoung-joon/AP
People take part in a pillow fight in Trafalgar Square, London. A coordinated set of pillow fights took place in cities around the world on Saturday. Matt Dunham/AP
Boats carrying whale watchers, surround a pod of resting sperm whales, while a container ship sails in the background, in the Indian ocean off the coast of southern Sri Lanka. David Loh/Reuters
Spanish journalists and supporters stand around their cameras as they stage a protest on the 10th anniversary of the death of Spanish cameraman Jose Couso in front of Madrid's US embassy. Couso was killed, along with Reuters TV cameraman Taras Protsyuk, when a US tank fired a shell at the media hotel where they were working in, in Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Susana Vera/Reuters
A soldier leaves the battle field after the reconstruction of a battle at the 200th anniversary of the first winning encounter of Russian and Prussian troops against the French army of Napoleon during the wars of liberation (1813-1815) near Vehlitz, central Germany. Jens Meyer/AP
A racegoer checks her race card before the Grand National horse race at Aintree Racecourse Liverpool, England. Jon Super/AP
Vehicles are driven on a mountainous road after the Srinagar-Leh highway opened to traffic. The 275 mile-long highway was opened by Indian army authorities after remaining snowbound at Zojila Pass (11,581 feet) above sea level, for the past six months. The pass connects Kashmir with the Buddhist-dominated Ladakh region, a tourist destination known for its monasteries, landscapes, and mountains. Danish Ismail/Reuters
A Canadian Sphynx cat briefly loses composure while waiting for its turn to be evaluated by a judge during an international feline beauty competition in Bucharest, Romania. Vadim Ghirda/AP
Driver Thierry Neuville, from Belgium, steers his Ford Fiesta RS WRC over a jump during the WRC Fafe Rally Sprint in Lameirinha, Fafe, Portugal. Paulo Duarte/AP
Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir look on during the 183rd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Salt Lake City. Rick Bowmer/AP
Ismail Yozgat cries during a ceremony in front of a memorial to his son Halit Yozgat, who was killed by the National Socialist Underground (NSU) group. The Turkish internet cafe owner was murdered by the ultra-right wing extremist group NSU in his shop in Kassel, Germany. Lisi Niesner/Reuters
A worker walks past a pool of water inside a construction site in central Beijing. China Daily/Reuters
A Nepalese man feeds goats in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Bhaktapur, also known as city of devotees, is an ancient city and part of the Katmandu valley. Niranjan Shrestha/AP
Activists of Hefajat-e-Islam attend a grand rally at Motijheel area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The activists were asking for capital punishment for a group of bloggers, and for the introduction of blasphemy laws. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
The Burundian election has a new date. But media and political crackdowns have made it difficult for both journalists and the opposition to work.
ByChristina Goldbaum, Contributor
Goran Tomasevic/ Reuters
Fabrice Nzohabonayo was out with a colleague in Musaga neighborhood last week, filming the now daily protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid, when a police officer asked him to stop.
“So I put down my camera, but then he grabbed me and said, ‘you are the one making people protest!’" says Mr. Nzohabonayo. Throwing him to the ground, the police officer started beating him with his baton. Soon another police officer joined him.
In the last six weeks, the government clampdown on independent press has plunged the country in a virtual media blackout: independent radio broadcasts have gone off air, their studios have been destroyed, and an estimated 50 journalists have fled the country, citing death threats and intimidation.