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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.
Rép Démocratique du Congo/, Le directeur de la RTNC4 (ex-RTKM) a comparu mais l'affaire a ?t? renvoy?e au 20 novembre 2000
RD Congo
Kasonga Mbunga Kalala Kafumbu, directeur d?sign? de l'actuelle RTNC4 (ex- RTKM nationalis?e) a comparu, le lundi 13 novembre 2000, devant le Tribunal de Grande Instance de Kinshasa/Gombe, en audience introductive pour "extorsion et tentative d'extorsion" des cl?s des installations de la cha?ne priv?e nationalis?e Radiot?l?vision Kin- Malebo (RTKM). La plainte a ?t? d?pos?e par la Soci?t? Kin M?dias Sprl, propri?t? de l'ancien Ministre de l'information du Mar?chal Mobutu, M. Aubin Ngongo Luwowo. Les inter?ts de Kin M?dias ?taient d?fendus par Mbuyi Mbiye Tanayi et Mbuyi Kapuya, tous deux avocats au barreau de Kinshasa/Gombe.

Me Mukendi Sambayi qui assistait M. Kasonga Mbunga a, au cours de l'audience, soulev? une exception selon laquelle "Kasongo Mbunga qui a le grade de Secr?taire g?n?ral dans l'Administration publique ne peut pas compara?tre devant le Tribunal de Grande Instance". Pour ?tayer son exception, l'avocat de Kasonga Mbunga, qui est aussi membre du cabinet du ministre de la communication, a brandi une ordonnance datant de 1992 nommant son client au grade de Secr?taire g?n?ral de l'Administration publique.

Le Tribunal a renvoy? l'affaire au lundi 20 novembre 2000.
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