Democratic Republic of Congo - Alerts
Bruno Kabwe was arrested on 22 June and stands accused of having made "rude" comments about colonel Jean-Marie Izumbu, the commander of the 61st Brigade of the armed forces.
JED condemns the arbitrary closure of Radio Étoile de Bolobo.
Franck Fuamba, managing editor of Mining News
magazine, was abducted on 6 June by a group of armed men in civilian dress.
Désiré Kyakwima is accused of having asked a question that "affected the diplomatic climate between Rwanda and DRC."
Radio Liberté's suspension order is expected to be lifted soon.
Eight journalists were arrested during the police raid on the station.
Sébastien Mulamba and Mbuyi Mukadi, both with the monthly Kisangani News
, were arrested by plainclothes officers from police intelligence.
JED calls on Congolese and UN authorities to take all necessary measures to guarantee Gisèle Kaj's physical safety.
Authorities' ordered a country-wide ban on screenings of "The Chebeya Affair: State Crime?", a documentary film abut the circumstances surrounding the trial of the killers of Floribert Chebeya.
JED denounced the intimidation of journalists by local national intelligence agency officials in Tshimbulu.
Although four of the eight indicted policemen were convicted for the murder of Chebeya, the victims' widows were stunned by the verdict. Virtually no one believed that justice had been done.
Radio Télévision Kindu Maniema was attacked on 20 March by a dozen men who doused its satellite antenna and a car on the premises in fuel, and set them on fire before fleeing the scene.
Tuver Wundi began receiving threats after participating in a Goma radio station's cultural programme.
JED is deeply dismayed by the station's unjustified three-month closure, which highlights the authorities' contempt for media and the thousands of people who were denied news broadcasts over several months.
Three broadcasters are back on the air following a two-day suspension of their activities.
The closure order came one day before a planned protest march organised by Catholic church members to denounce election results.
While the previous suspension was lifted, RCTK's director and journalists were warned to "respect the measures in place, or risk a definitive closure."
"Kisangani News" and "Journal de la paix" are accused of violating the 1996 media law; editors at both papers maintain the charges are political.
The suspension of broadcasts by the station had aroused international protests, notably from France and the United States.
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Authorities shut down broadcasts of the French government-funded station after it reported on opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's staged swearing-in ceremony.