The call for the release of newspaper editor Ghys Fortuné Bemba, who has been arbitrarily detained for 14 months, becomes more critical as his health deteriorates.
The blackout was interpreted as a government manoeuvre designed to keep control of the dissemination of information, especially the elections results.
Before her expulsion, Sadio Kante reported receiving threats in connection with a series of stories she published on the attack of journalist Elie Smith.
An armed robbery at TV journalist Elie Smith’s Brazzaville home in the early hours of 10 September, during which Smith’s sister was raped, is suspected by Smith’s media colleagues of being a government-orchestrated act of reprisal.
Reporters Without Borders is alarmed at the Congolese authorities’ biased treatment of media groups that are critical of the government. On 5 May, the chairman of the Talassa group was informed that its “certificate of declaration” had been withdrawn.
Four newspapers were suspended by the Republic of Congo’s media regulator after they reprinted an article from the pan-African magazine Afrique Education. The article referred to a letter by former defence minister Justin Lekoundzou about President Marien Ngouabi’s 1977 assassination.
The months-long suspensions were imposed on “L’Amicale” and “La Voix Du Peuple” in reprisal for articles critical of government officials.
RSF condemns police harassment and violence against journalists during and after the 12 July elections.
CB Plus, a faith-based television station broadcast from Brazzaville, was reauthorised to broadcast following a five-month suspension.
Nearly four months after the death of journalist Bruno Jacquet Ossébi, CPJ called on authorities to publicly disclose a report on their investigation.
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is 10 April 2009 CPJ press release: Republic of Congo TV station suspended over political footage New York, April 10, 2009 – Authorities in Republic of Congo should immediately lift their ban on private TV station Canal Bénédiction Plus (CB Plus), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The ban was […]
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is a 6 February 2009 CPJ press release: After mysterious fire, online journalist dead in Republic of Congo New York, February 6, 2009 – An online columnist known for criticizing the government and alleging high-level corruption was buried in the Republic of Congo today following his death in a military hospital […]
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