New DRC opposition urged to guarantee journalists’ safety

first_imgThe JED letter condemns these attacks as serious violations  of the freedom to inform, which is guaranteed by the DRC’s laws, and reminds Fayulu that the journalists who go to cover his meetings are just doing their duty to report the news and should under no circumstances be targeted by his supporters at these meetings. February 8, 2019 New DRC opposition urged to guarantee journalists’ safety February 16, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Here is JED’s press release: Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Help by sharing this information Organisation “The meetings that you organize to demand ‘the truth about the elections’ have for some time been giving rise to alarming physical attacks against journalists by your supporters,” the letter signed by JED secretary-general Tshivis Tshivuadi says. Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Receive email alerts Two other journalists were roughed up and had their equipment seized at meetings by Fayulu supporters in the latter part of January. They were Stanis Bujakera Tshamala, the deputy editor of the Actualite.cdnews website, in Kinshasa on 21 January and TV5 Mondecorrespondent Joseph Amaniin Uvira, in Sud-Kivu province, on 24 January. Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Martin Fayulu, candidat à malheureux à la présidentielle du 30 démembre 2018 en RDC, filmé et photographié par des journalistes le jour du vote. Crédit : center_img The letter draws Fayulu’s attention to some of the acts of violence experienced by journalists while covering his meetings. Israel Mutombo, a journalist with Kinshasa-based Afrika TV, was violently attacked and his car was stoned on 2 February by members of Lamuka, the coalition that backed Fayulu’s presidential candidacy last December. Mutombo told JED he was called a “traitor” and “collaborator” with the new government. The attack could have been much more serious if fellow journalists had not intervened. February 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence February 24, 2021 Find out more Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders to go further In a 5 February letter to Martin Fayulu, the runner-up in last December’s presidential election, Journalist in Danger (JED) has asked Fayulu to “publicly condemn attacks against journalists and to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that such incidents cannot recur” at future meetings organized by his party or supporters. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins its partner organization Journalist in Danger (JED) in condemning a series of attacks on reporters during opposition meetings in the Democratic Republic of Congo. News Dieumerci Mankesela, a cameraman with “Tokomi wapi” (Where are we now?), a current affairs programme carried by several Kinshasa-based TV channels, was attacked and beaten at the same meeting by Lamuka supporters, who criticized the programme’s promoter, Eliezer Tambwe, for being part of President Félix Tshisekedi’s election campaign team and for being elected to the national assembly as a member of his party. News Newslast_img

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