News December 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist In Danger annual report urges authorities to “rescue press freedom” Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Organisation February 18, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Journalist In Danger (JED), the partner organization of Reporters Without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo, paints a bleak picture in its annual report published on 28 December and calls on the government to put an end to the growing crackdown on the media.The report was published in the wake of a disputed election and while the country was still gripped by tension. Joseph Kabila, acknowledged by the Supreme Court as the winner of the election, was sworn in on 20 December. His main opponent, Etienne Tshisekedi, who believes himself to have won the ballot, was also sworn in, at his home on 23 December.In the report, which focused mainly on attacks faced by the media during the election period, JED referred again to the “propaganda frenzy” which it had already deplored when it was monitoring the media during the campaign.It criticised the disastrous performance of the country’s journalists which, combined with “tension and political intolerance” as well as “incitement to hatred and violence”, was at the root of more than half of the 160 attacks on press freedom identified in 2011. The organization reopened the question of professionalism in the news media and questioned the credibility of news organizations, which it said was seriously damaged by the behaviour of journalists during the campaign.The figures for this year are indisputable: JED recorded the murder of one journalist, in Kirumba in June, 42 arrests, 57 cases of threats or assault, 43 cases of censorship or restrictions on the flow of information and 17 cases of pressure on news media.JED condemns the “growing crackdown” on the Congolese press in 2011, which intensified substantially around 28 November, polling day in both the presidential and parliamentary elections. It called on the highest authorities to take urgent action to “rescue freedom of the press”.The organization also recommended that the head of state abolish the Higher Council for the Audiovisual Sector and Communication, which it said had been conspicuous in recent months because of its lack of independence and avowed incompetence, and called for its replacement by a more credible and competent body.Finally, the organization compiled short summaries of conditions in eight other countries of the Central African Early Warning System (Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Rwanda).Download the Journalist In Danger annual report in PDF form, in French : February 16, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out more News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica RSF_en Related documents JED 2011 ReportPDF – 4.64 MB Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Receive email alerts
Facebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Oly Town Artesians wrap up the home slate of their inaugural outdoor season on Sunday, July 23 when Tacoma’s Washington Premier South Sound FC comes to town. First kick between these two teams who are separated by just one point in the Evergreen Premier League standings is set for 3:00 p.m. at Wembley Soccer Shop Field at The Evergreen State College.Oni Mayer. Photo courtesy: Jo ArlowAdvanced tickets are just $6 and can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets, and all youth soccer players in uniform will be admitted for free and can accompany the Artesians onto the field during introductions. Pregame festivities start at 2:55 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12-years-old.The Artesians enter the final two games of their first season in the EPLWA sitting at 4-5-3 overall with 15 points, just one point behind South Sound (5-5-1, 16 points). The Shock will take on the first place Seattle Stars on Saturday before making the trip to Olympia on Sunday. The Artesians and South Sound will wrap up their seasons one week later with a rematch in Puyallup.Oly Town is led by goalkeeper JJ Olson, who is tied for second in the EPLWA with two shutouts and has logged 889 minutes over 10 games this season. JT Meyer leads the team with three goals while Kyle Witzel has two goals since joining the club three games ago. Gabriele Zaccagnini racked up six assists before heading to Europe last week.South Sound FC are a charter member of the EPLWA playing in their fourth season in the league and have been through an up and down 2017 campaign. They absolutely drilled the Stars 5-1 on May 7, but have suffered losses to Olympic, Yakima and Spokane this season but are coming off of a 2-1 win over Vancouver last weekend. Isidro Prado-Huerto leads all Shock scorers with three goals.This weekend’s game marks the first time that three Olympia brothers will take the field together. Jake Zimmerman, a senior at Evergreen, and Alec Zimmerman, a senior at Capital High School, have each logged major minutes for their hometown team and Jake’s goal in Bellingham led the Artesians to their first league victory. Meanwhile, their brother Jordan Zimmerman, a junior at Evergreen, has scored one goal in his time with South Sound despite spending the preseason with the Artesians. Jordan scored the first ever outdoor goal for Oly Town in a friendly against the Washington State Club Soccer team on April 1.Follow the Artesians all season long and beyond including the 2017-2018 Western Indoor Soccer League season by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.