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Journalist sentenced to one-year prison term and fined for making "damaging allegations"

(JED/IFEX) - On 12 February 2008, Justin Kabasele, a journalist with Radio-Télévision Kasaï Horizons (KHRT), a privately-owned broadcaster based in Mwene-Ditu, the second largest city of eastern Kasaï province (central DR Congo) was sentenced to a one-year prison term and a 750,000 CF (approx. US$1,400) fine for making "damaging allegations" by a Mwene-Ditu court.

On 15 May 2007, in a programme about manners called "Kashiba Ntota" (Alarm), Kabasele accused a Mwene-Ditu official of having extra-marital relationships.

The journalist has not been detained for the moment, and his lawyers have appealed the court's decision.

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