Cameraman attacked while filming opposition demonstration
In an interview with JED, Kinkendu stated that after the police dispersed the march, he was followed into a neighbouring alley by youth members of the PPRD's league, who went on to assault him severely and confiscate his work material. "Reached by telephone, the league's press attaché told Francine Mokoko (AITV's permanent correspondent in Kinshasa) that Chaleur (one of the league's leaders) had confirmed that the confiscated camera was at their headquarters," Kinkendu said. Following this discussion, Kinkenku went to the headquarters to retrieve his camera, only to find it severely damaged.
According to JED, this attack does not appear to be an isolated incident but rather an act targeting the journalist for his work. This leads JED to strongly condemn this unacceptable act of political intolerance.
JED calls upon authorities within the presidential party to instruct their militants to stop attacking journalists, once and for all, and to openly declare their support for freedom of expression.
It should be noted that on 1 September, during a demonstration organised by the UDPS, four media professionals, John Bompengo (Radio Okapi), Daudet Nzumbu (Canal Congo television), Papy Mulala (Canal Kin television) and Bienvenu Kabamba (Numérique Television) were assaulted and had their material confiscated by members of the same league.