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Twenty-seven IFEX members issue joint appeal for freedom of expression in the Democratic Republic of Congo

(IFEX) - The following is a joint action signed by twenty-seven IFEX members
appealing for freedom of expression in the Democratic Republic of Congo:




We, the members of IFEX (International Freedom of Expression Exchange) whose
signatures are appended below and who follow the media situation in the
Democratic Republic of Congo as well as changes regarding the freedom of
expression, are particularly delighted by the attention accorded by the
Congolese authorities to the action alert concerning the arrest and eventual
release of Mr Modeste Mutinga and Mr André Ipakala, the respective editors
of "Le Potentiel" and "La Référence Plus".

We are nonetheless concerned by the continued imprisonment and condemnation
of the following journalists: Mbakulu Pambu Diambu, Director of Information
of Matadi TV and Thierry Kyalumba, Director of the weekly "Vision".

We therefore:

1. Request in accordance with the laws of the Congo the clemency of His
Excellency L.D. Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to
intervene in favour of these people.

2. Invite authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo to work more
energetically towards the promotion of dialogue as well as the freedom of
expression of opinions.

Done at Cape Town, on this 21st day of April 1999


Signed:

Alliance of Independent Journalists, AJI, Indonesia
AMARC - World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters
ANEM, Association of Independent Electronic Media, Yugoslavia
ARTICLE 19
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
EOHR, Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
FORJA
Free Expression Ghana
Freedom House
Freedom of Expression Institute
Glasnost Defence Foundation, Moscow, Russia
HKJA, Hong Kong Journalists Association
Independent Journalism Centre (IJC), Nigeria
Index on Censorship, London, UK
ISAI, Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information, Indonesia
International Press Institute
IPYS, Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, Peru
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
Media Watch, Bangladesh
Network for the Defence of Independent Media in Africa (NDIMA)
Norwegian Forum for Freedom of Expression, Oslo, Norway
Paraguay Union of Journalists (SPP)
PINA, Pacific Islands News Association, Suva, Fiji
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)
Periodistas, Argentinian Association for the Defence of independent
Journalism
WAJA, West African Journalists Association
Writers in Prison Committee, INTERNATIONAL PEN


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