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14 December 2011 | Democratic Republic of Congo

Bought-off media worsen election marred in violence

Bought-off media worsen election marred in violence Just before a brutally violent and hotly contested election, Journaliste en danger (JED) condemned the lack of media standards and inaction by DRC's broadcast regulatory that have contributed to massive divisions in the country.
14 September 2011 | Democratic Republic of Congo

IFEX appeals to President to take action against threats to IFEX member Journaliste en danger

IFEX appeals to President to take action against threats to IFEX member Journaliste en danger IFEX has raised alarm bells to President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo about the safety of staff at its own member group Journaliste en danger (JED). Late last month, Donat M'Baya Tshimanga, president of JED, and secretary-general Tshivis Tshivuadi, received death threats in an email from what looks to be a supporter of the ruling party, warning that they should be ready for the "final battle." The intimidation is a sign of what's to come in the run-up to the presidential elections on 28 November, says IFEX.

Media says no to abuse by politicians

Media says no to abuse by politicians Journalists' organisations and media executives in the Democratic Republic of Congo have imposed a six-month embargo on media coverage of a member of parliament for his violent behaviour against the media. It's just one tactic in their campaign against the "noticeable rise" in attacks against journalists ahead of the November elections, say Journaliste en danger (JED) and other IFEX members.

Journalist gunned down amid rising attacks on press

A journalist who had recently reported about the arrest of locals accused of trafficking weapons for criminal activity was found shot to death last week in the eastern town of Kirumba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, report Journaliste en danger (JED) and other IFEX members.
15 September 2010 | Democratic Republic of Congo

Arrests and threats escalate

Thirty-one IFEX members have written to Congolese President Joseph Kabila, calling on him to end the persecution and harassment of journalists. In recent months, there have been "deliberate attacks on journalists and media... that could foreshadow even greater repression in the run-up to next year's elections if preventive measures are not adopted," says the joint action initiated by Journaliste en danger (JED) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Prominent human rights defender slain

After exposing abuses by the security forces and government for years, an extremely vocal Congolese rights defender was found dead on 1 June, report Journaliste en Danger (JED) and Human Rights Watch.

Journalist slain

A prominent journalist who regularly covered armed conflicts in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was shot dead in front of his home in Béni, North Kivu, on 5 April, reports Journaliste en Danger (JED) and other IFEX members.
17 February 2010 | Democratic Republic of Congo

New media council lacks transparency

Journaliste en Danger (JED) has praise as well as concerns for a new media law passed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 31 December 2009.
16 December 2009 | Democratic Republic of Congo

Journalists self-censor in order to survive

Although there has been a decline in free expression violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it has not been matched by an improvement in the quality of news gathering, says Journaliste en danger (JED) in its 2009 annual report.

Journalist's murder highlights deteriorating press freedom situation in east

Journalist's murder highlights deteriorating press freedom situation in east A radio presenter was stabbed to death last weekend in Bukavu, the latest in a string of events that raises serious press freedom concerns in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, report Journaliste en Danger (JED), the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
26 November 2008 | Democratic Republic of Congo

SECOND UN JOURNALIST KILLED IN BUKAVU

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should thoroughly and transparently investigate the killing of a journalist from a UN-backed radio station in Bukavu, eastern DRC, the second journalist killed from the station in 17 months, say Journalist in Danger (JED) and other IFEX members.
12 November 2008 | Democratic Republic of Congo

JOURNALISTS TARGETED IN RECENT CLASHES

Journalists and other civilians are deliberately being targeted by rebel forces and government-backed militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, report Journalist in Danger (JED), Human Rights Watch and other IFEX members.

JED STAFF THREATENED WITH DEATH

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is using the occasion of President Joseph Kabila's state visit to France to draw attention to threats made against its partner organisation - and IFEX member - in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Journalist in Danger (JED).

MURDER APPEAL MARRED BY RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

A military appeals court has sentenced to death three people for the killing of a UN journalist in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a trial riddled with "irregularities", say Journalist in Danger (JED), other IFEX members, rights groups and the UN.
18 December 2007 | Democratic Republic of Congo

MEDIA BAN EXPLAINS RECORD NUMBER OF ATTACKS ON MEDIA

Nearly 40 Kinshasa-based radio and television stations have been banned in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since October, in what the government says is an effort to "clean up the profession." The ban largely accounts for the record number of violations against journalists and the media in the country in 2007, says Journalist in Danger (Journaliste en danger, JED), which marked International Human Rights Day on 10 December by denouncing the "programmed death" of the opposition media.
4 September 2007 | Democratic Republic of Congo

JED SHOCKED AT "ABSURD" VERDICT IN UN JOURNALIST MURDER TRIAL

Journalist in Danger (Journaliste en danger, JED) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) accused Congolese authorities of conducting a farcical investigation and trial that led to four people being hastily sentenced to death for killing a UN journalist.

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER SHOT DEAD

Journaliste en danger (JED) and other free expression groups voiced dismay at the killing of freelance photographer Patrick Kikuku Wilungula on 9 August 2007.

EDITOR WHO FEARED FOR HIS LIFE MURDERED

A journalist who feared for his life and had asked the authorities for protection was shot while getting into his vehicle in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, report Journalist in Danger (Journaliste en danger, JED), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and other IFEX members. He later died in hospital.

UNFAIR TRIAL FOR EDITOR'S ASSASSINS

Journalist in Danger (Journaliste en danger, JED) has expressed its disappointment over the "incomplete" trial held last week for the alleged assassins of a journalist and his wife, which resulted in two defendants being sentenced to death.
7 June 2006 |

JOURNALISTS, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ATTACKED IN RUN-UP TO ELECTIONS

As the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prepares to hold its first elections in more than 40 years on 30 July 2006, Journaliste en danger (JED), Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) are warning that a spate of attacks against journalists and human rights activists in recent weeks could foster a climate of self-censorship in the media and deprive voters of important information.


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