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Campaign to end impunity 2013 - 22nd day


Province Orientale: Journalist kidnapped by soldiers in the practice of his profession

Jean-Paul Basila, journalist with the Radio okapi, a UN station broadcasting in Bunia, a town about 700 km from Kisangani, in the Province Orientale (north- eastern DRC), was arrested, on Saturday  31 August 2013 by a group of elements from the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC). The journalist was accused of interviewing an accomplice of Mr. Cobra Matata, militia leader of “ Force Patriotique de Résistance de l'Ituri (FPRI)” operating in Province Orientale.
Jean Paul Basila was arrested in a restaurant by eight FARDC soldiers, when he was interviewing Serge Lossa, former head of Bunia. Lossa had been thrown into a jeep and sent to Kinshasa, the capital of DRC. As for Basila, he was driving his own car under the surveillance of armed soldiers towards the former FARDC operational zone headquarters. Arrived a few miles from the head office of the UN Mission for Stabilization in Congo (MONUSCO), the reporter took the risk to direct the car towards the main gate while shouting for a help. He succeeded in escaping thanks to the popular clamor created by taxi drivers at the sight of his arrest. The police officers standing outside the headquarters of MONUSCO rescued the journalist and gave him a shelter in their facilities.
JED strongly condemned the attempt of kidnapping the journalist in full practice of his profession, by heavily armed military. But no investigation had been launched by neither the military or judiciary authorities in order to know the ins and outs of this case.

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République Démocratique du Congo / Kinshasa
Kinshasa: A cameraman of Antenna A arrested during a reportage by a group of policemen
Journalist En Danger (JED) protested against the arbitrary arrest of Rubens Belengeli cameraman of Antenne A, television channel broadcasting in Kinshasa, capital of the DRC, This Tuesday, July 29, 2014 around 12 o'clock during the day, by a group of policemen who came to disperse the demonstration of motorcyclists-taxi drivers in the city center against the harassment of which they are victims. The journalist was detained for two hours in a police office in the City hall of Kinshasa before being released unconditionally.
République Démocratique du Congo / Kolwezi
Katanga: Medias censored in flagrant violation of the Constitution
Journaliste En Danger (JED) expresses total disapproval of the illegal and arbitrary measures taken by the head of the urban service of Communication and Media of Kolwezi prohibiting the media operating in the urban-rural district of Kolwezi, in the Katanga Province (southeast of the DRC), to disseminate statements of policy or administrative nature of customary chiefs without the permission of the politico-administrative authorities.
République Démocratique du Congo / Butembo
North Kivu : Journalist Christian Kahindo Butembo released after strong pressure
Journaliste en Danger (JED ) welcomes the unconditional release , on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (local time) ,of Christian Kahindo Muke , director of " Rafiki ", a newspaper published in Butembo , a city located 300 km from Goma , capital of the province of North Kivu (eastern DRC), from the dungeon of the court of peace of Butembo. Prosecuted for "inciting public disorder" , the reporter had spent 9 hours of detention for an article involving a national member of parliament in a case of embezzlement .

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06 December 2013

South Africans united in mourning for Nelson Mandela on Friday, but while some celebrated his remarkable life with dance and song, others fretted that the anti-apartheid hero's death would make the nation vulnerable again to racial and social tensions.
UN launches unmanned surveillance aircraft to better protect civilians in vast DR Congo

3 December 2013

With top United Nations and Government officials and a crowd of reporters looking on, the world Organization today launched its first-ever unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in the interest of better protecting civilians in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
UN peacekeeping chief in Eastern DR Congo to inaugurate new protection technology, sees progress

North Kivu, 2 December 2013

On a visit to the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations said that the situation in the region, where civilians have suffered through recurrent insurgencies, showed evidence of improvement, and gave hope for further progress.
World AIDS Day: UN hails gains in combating virus, urges greater action towards 'zero discrimination'

1 December 2013

While welcoming the solid progress being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, United Nations officials marked World AIDS Day with urgent appeals for the international community to work even harder to end stigma, discrimination and complacency, to stop new HIV infections among children and to ensure access to care and treatment for all those that need it.
UN envoy to the Great Lakes in region to push conclusion of Kampala Dialogue

Kinshasa, 25 November 2013

Mary Robinson, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes, has begun a week-long mission to help shore up peace efforts in the region, visiting Tanzania, Rwanda, Congo-Brazzaville, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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