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Journalist detained by army colonel

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.

Community radio station closed in Bandundu

JED condemns the arbitrary closure of Radio Étoile de Bolobo.

Journalist abducted in Lubumbashi

Franck Fuamba, managing editor of Mining News magazine, was abducted on 6 June by a group of armed men in civilian dress.

IFJ condemns journalist's suspension

Désiré Kyakwima is accused of having asked a question that "affected the diplomatic climate between Rwanda and DRC."

Radio Liberté journalist released after two weeks in detention

Radio Liberté's suspension order is expected to be lifted soon.

JED deplores suspension of Radio Liberté, calls for restraint

Eight journalists were arrested during the police raid on the station.

Two journalists held by police in Kisangani

Sébastien Mulamba and Mbuyi Mukadi, both with the monthly Kisangani News, were arrested by plainclothes officers from police intelligence.

JED warns of grave threats to Radio Okapi journalist's safety

JED calls on Congolese and UN authorities to take all necessary measures to guarantee Gisèle Kaj's physical safety.

Screenings of documentary on assassinated human rights activist banned

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.

Wave of detentions in West Kasai province

JED denounced the intimidation of journalists by local national intelligence agency officials in Tshimbulu.

Belgian journalist Thierry Michel takes on impunity

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.

Television station attacked, programme host in hiding

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.

Goma-based journalist receives death threats, fears for his life

Tuver Wundi began receiving threats after participating in a Goma radio station's cultural programme.

Kinshasa-based broadcaster back on the air after three-month closure

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.
17 February 2012 | Democratic Republic of Congo

Radio Télévision Catholique, pro-opposition broadcasters allowed back on air

Three broadcasters are back on the air following a two-day suspension of their activities.
16 February 2012 | Democratic Republic of Congo

Catholic broadcaster shut down ahead of protest march

The closure order came one day before a planned protest march organised by Catholic church members to denounce election results.

Community radio station back on air after three-month suspension

While the previous suspension was lifted, RCTK's director and journalists were warned to "respect the measures in place, or risk a definitive closure."

Newspapers suspended on alleged administrative violations

"Kisangani News" and "Journal de la paix" are accused of violating the 1996 media law; editors at both papers maintain the charges are political.

RFI returns to airwaves

The suspension of broadcasts by the station had aroused international protests, notably from France and the United States.

RFI broadcasts suspended over election coverage

Authorities shut down broadcasts of the French government-funded station after it reported on opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's staged swearing-in ceremony.


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