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October 31, 2014

DRC: TV cameraman badly hurt in targeted Goma shooting

Reporters Without Borders and its local partner Journalist in Danger (JED) have called for a thorough investigation into a shooting attack on a TV cameraman in the eastern city of Goma on October 25 Cameraman Philémon Gira of Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise, was hospitalised in a serious condition with a gunshot injury to the thigh. The authorities must end impunity for crimes of violence against journalists in Democratic Republic of Congo, which is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in... MORE
October 22, 2014

DRC: Newspaper publisher held for past two months over article

Newspaper publisher Mike Mukebayi in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been held without any justification for the past two months because of a libel suit. The length of his pre-trial detention is out of all proportion, especially as judicial examination of the case has not yet begun, according to Reporters Without Borders . The publisher of Congo News , Mukebayi was arrested exactly two months ago, on August 21, on a charge of “detrimental allegations” in connection with a July 18 article... MORE
September 1, 2014

CongoNews editor held without charge after criticising archbishop

An editor from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been held by police without charge for a week in connection with libel allegations over a column published in the privately owned bi-weekly CongoNews , according to local journalists and news reports. Michael Mukebayi was arrested by four plain-clothed police officers in his home in Bandalungwa, a suburb of the capital Kinshasa, at 7 a.m. on August 21. The police had an arrest warrant for Mukebayi and the paper's publication director, John... MORE
February 19, 2014

DRC journalist dies from wounds suffered in rebel attack

A journalist in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo died on Sunday from gunshot wounds he sustained in a shootout between Congolese troops and Ugandan rebels, according to news reports. Germain Kennedy Mumbere Muliwavyo , 28, reporter for the private broadcaster Radio Télévision Muungano in the town of Oïcha, was shot in the stomach and head on Saturday by fighters of a Ugandan rebel group called the Allied Democratic Forces, according to news reports. He was riding in a vehicle of the... MORE
January 24, 2014

Coverage of army colonel’s murder in Nord-Kivu censored

Reporters Without Borders has condemned attempts by military and civilian officials in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu to prevent journalists from covering the spectacular murder of an army colonel, Mamadou Ndala, in an ambush near the city of Beni on 2 January. Several journalists in Beni and the neighbouring Butembo region have been the targets of intimidation attempts in the course of trying to report on the murder. “We condemn the threats that civilian and military officials have made... MORE
January 3, 2014

Ten employees injured in armed attack on national TV broadcaster

Reporters Without Borders and partner organisation Journalist in Danger (JED) have condemned yesterday’s attack, on 30 December 2013, on state-owned Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise (RTNC) in Kinshasa by men armed with clubs and machetes, and urge the authorities to do everything possible to provide journalists with more protection. The approximately 30 assailants stormed the national radio and TV broadcaster’s headquarters at around 8 a.m. and invaded the TV studio. The authorities... MORE
June 22, 2011

DRC: Community radio journalist gunned down in eastern town

Kambale Musonia , a journalist working for Radio Communautaire de Lubero Sud in Kirumba, was murdered June 21 in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu. Aged 29, Musonia was shot three times in the chest at close range at around 7:30 p.m. by three unidentified men who were waiting for him outside his home as he returned from work, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) reported. RSF supported the request by Journalist in Danger, its partner organization in the Democratic... MORE
December 27, 2010

DRC journalist detained after guests on show criticise President Kabila

Robert Shemahamba, director of Radio-Télévision Communautaire Mitumba (RTCM) and correspondent for the Syfia Grands Lacs news agency, has been arbitrarily detained since Dececmber 17 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The journalist is being held in a cell at the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in Uvira, Sud-Kivu province in the east of the country. To date, all efforts on the part of the worldwide press... MORE
December 22, 2010

After officials are criticised, DRC radio host is arrested

Authorities should immediately release Congolese radio journalist Robert Shemahamba, who has been held in the eastern city of Uvira since Friday in connection with a political program critical of local officials, the New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Shemahamba, director of the community station Radio Télé Mitumba, was taken into custody by the Congolese National Intelligence Agency (known by its French acronym ANR) after refusing to submit to... MORE
November 17, 2010

DRC: Journalist released after two months

Journalist Tumba Lumembu was freed on November 15, exactly two months after he was arrested on a Kinshasa street, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. A reporter for the newspaper La Tempête des Tropiques , he was abducted on a street in the capital on September 14 by members of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR). When President Joseph Kabila attended a Francophonie Summit news conference in Montreux on October 24, a RSF representative asked him... MORE