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Director of rural radio station arrested in Goma


(JED/IFEX) - Raphaël Paluku Kyana, director of the Radio rurale de Kanyabayonga (RRKA) radio station, which broadcasts in North-Kivu province, was arrested on 9 March 2002. The region is under the control of the Rassemblement congolais pour la démocratie (RCD), a rebel movement that is supported by Rwanda and is waging a war against the Kinshasa government. Paluku is being detained in Goma's Bureau II prison. Goma is North-Kivu province's main city. He is reportedly being detained in inhumane conditions.


According to information received by JED, Paluku was arrested at the Bunangana border. He was on his way to Nairobi, Kenya, to attend a seminar, and was then expecting to go on to Mbuji-Mayi, via Kinshasa, to attend the ARCO (Congolese Community Radio Stations' Association) annual meeting. The official motive for his arrest is unknown.