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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.

Armed men in military uniforms jumped 35-year-old Patient Chebeya Bankome, seized his video cassettes, mobile phone and money, and then fired several bullets into him. He is the sixth journalist to be killed in eastern DRC since 2005. Bankome, better known as Montigomo, worked for several TV stations, including the state-owned Radio-Télévision Nationale Congolaise (RTNC). A local journalist said Bankome excelled in filming and reporting, and covered municipal and provincial officials.

Local press decreed two days of a media blackout to protest the killing. "Local authorities have a history of failing to investigate and successfully prosecute the killings of journalists. They must not fail again," said the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

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