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Campaign to end impunity 2013 - 22nd day

STOP IMPUNITY OF ATTACKS ON JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA


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
Kisangani: Two journalists in custody since yesterday in a police cell
2012-05-11
 

Sébastien Mulamba and Mbuyi Mukadi, respectively publisher and editor of the newspaper Kisangani News, a private monthly published in Kisangani, capital of the Province Orientale (north-eastern DRC), are arbitrarily detained in the cell of urban district of the police.

Mulamba and Mbuyi were arrested on Wednesday 9 May 2012 at 5 p.m. local, by three officers from the Police Intelligence service in civilian clothes. The journalists are accused of "defaming" Mr. Alphonse Awenze Makiaba, a national MP.

According to information obtained by JED, the two journalists were arrested, by tricks, in a restaurant where they were invited by a close associate of Mr. Awenze pretending to submit an article to be published in Kisangani News. Mulamba and Mbuyi were driven on motorcycles to the police station where they were long questioned on the minutes around an article they published on 15 April 2012 before being cast into dungeon.

Kisangani News published on Sunday 15 April 2012, an article entitled "Madness of Power: The Honourable Awenze robbed Mr. Lokadi’s wife, Liliane Ekodi" in which Mulamba, author of the article, denounced the extramarital relationship that Mr. Awenze would have with Mrs. Ekodi.

Contacted by JED from his cell, Sebastien Mulamba said they were contacted by the husband of Mrs. Ekodi to denounce that relationship outside the marriage and, after filing his complaint to the court. "On April 27, we met with the counsel of Mr. Awenze who promised to send the right of reply to be published in our edition of May 15, 2012. Yesterday, Wednesday 9 May 2012), we received a call from a close associate of Mr. Awenze who invited us to a restaurant in order to give us an article to be published in our newspaper along with the right of reply, " Mulumba added.

Without going into the merits of this case, JED condemns the illegal detention of Mbuyi and Mulamba by the police who must benefit of their presumption of innocence.

JED urges the police and judicial authorities in Kisangani to order the immediate release of these two journalists.

 
 
Monday 28 July 2014.


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