Wednesday 25 April 2018

Calls for release of journalist held in DR Congo

Calls for release of journalist held in DR Congo
(AFP (eng) 03/29/18)

A DR Congo press freedom body on Wednesday called for the "immediate release" of a journalist detained on defamation allegations.

Serge Olivier Nkongolo is a journalist for Kilimanjaro Radio which broadcasts to Tshikapa, the capital of the central Kasai region.

Journalist in Danger (JED) "demands the immediate release" of the journalist, it said in a statement, adding that he was being held for defamation in a "dungeon in the public prosecutor's office near the Tshikapa High Court".

It said Nkongolo was summoned by the prosecutor earlier Wednesday and questioned about an article he posed on Facebook "denouncing the behaviour, without naming names, of certain officials of the governorate of the province who have become known, according to him, for attacks and threats against the media".

Journalists are frequesntly arrested and detained in DR Congo which ranked 154 out of 180 in the Reporters Without Borders' 2017 Press Freedom Index.

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