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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
A “Pro Opposition” journalist attacked with machete: JED worried with authorities’ deafening silence
2011-06-23
 

Journalist en Danger (JED) is stunned with the silence of authorities, both political and judicial, nearly a week after the attack of a pro opposition journalist by a group of thugs armed with knives. JED requests from the government to immediately speak up and open an investigation on this serious incident which is in line with pre-electoral political intolerance which is settling in DRC.

Baby Balukuna, journalist, presenter at “Radio Lisanga Télévision (RLTV)”, a private radio station close to the opposition in Kinshasa, was attacked with machetes and sticks, Sunday, June 2011, in the radio facilities, by unidentified people.

Information received at JED indicates that the attack took place around 10:00 pm. The journalist had just finished his regular programme entitled ‘Soutien à Etienne Tshisekedi” that supports the declared candidacy of Mr. Tshisekedi, UDPS (Union pout la Démocratie et le Progrès Social) leader to the November elections.

A witness says that the journalist got a call from an anonymous person who wanted to meet him at the radio station to make arrangements so that he can participate in the next program. Not suspecting anything, Mr. Bulukuna got out and was soon invaded by a group of ten people or so, armed with knives, who beat him up.

“They wounded me in the back with machete blows”. The police came an hour later. First, they threatened me, then, they attacked me physically” declared the journalist who is now worried about his life, and who asked the Congolese authorities to return his confiscated passport so that he can go for treatment to Europe, where he resides. According to JED, whatever criticism one can make on the work of journalists, no-one is entitled to take revenge.

 
 
Wednesday 23 April 2014.


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South Africa mourns Mandela, will bury him on December 15

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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