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RTNC journalist acquitted on charges of "making damaging allegations" against former director of the broadcaster

(JED/IFEX) - JED applauds the 19 February 2009 release of Bwamputu Akienzin Zéphyrin, a correspondent for the public broadcaster RTNC in Bandundu province, western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Zéphyrin had been facing charges of making damaging allegations against a former RTNC director.

A Bandundu court declared the charges pending against the journalist unfounded, acquitting him on all counts at his fifth court appearance.

Zéphyrin was originally summoned to court in December 2008 on a defamation charge brought by Marie Théodore Kipulu Samba, a former RTNC director, after he broadcast the news of Kipulu's sacking as director of RTNC-Bandundu. Kipulu asked the court for US$50,000 in damages, in addition to the sentence provided for by law. His request was denied.

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