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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
Butembo: A second radio closed for giving voice to the mutineers
2012-08-06
 

Radio Soleil, a community station broadcasting in Butembo, a city located 350 km from Goma, capital of the North Kivu province (eastern DRC), was suspended as a precautionary measure until further notice on Saturday 4 August 2012, by Mr. Makala Sikuly'Uvasaka, Butembo’s Mayor for diffusing "a sound element from Vianney Kazarama, spokesperson of Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23), in violation of the release from the High Council for Broadcasting and Communication (CSAC), banning all DRC medias to involve the audience by phone in programmes related to the current war situation in East ".

According to information received by Journaliste en Danger (JED), Papy Simeon, journalist with Radio Soleil, broadcast on Saturday 4 August 2012, a phone interview with Mr. Vianney Kazarama, who would have asked people to "disengage" with the FARDC.

"This interview is likely to cause confusion among the population and considered as a smear campaign against the DRC government and its Armed Forces before the public and demoralization of loyalist troops; such act constitutes an offense to the state security", excerpt from the mayor’s suspension decree. As for Papy Simeon, he is banned to access media throughout Butembo.

Interviewed by JED, Kennedy Muhindo, director of Radio Soleil, said his media gave voice to the colonels Ngeleka and Vianney Kazarama, respective spokesmen of the Armed Forces of the DRC and the mutineers of M23 in order to balance information on the attack carried out, on Friday 3 August 2012, in Kasindi and Lubiriya, two localities of the North Kivu province. 'We released the two sides of the story in line with the professional standards. The audience is entitled to know the armed group that attacked the two localities. There is no law in force in the DRC that prohibits journalists or media to give voice to the mutineers", he added.

As a reminder, Radio Liberté from the same city of Butembo has been closed for three months, since May 2012, by the Mayor, following the airing of a militia chief’s statements.

 
 
Saturday 30 August 2014.


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UN envoy to the Great Lakes in region to push conclusion of Kampala Dialogue

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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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