RSF and partner organization JED are urging DRC’s President Tshisekedi to follow through on promises to reform the media landscape and put a stop the closure of radio stations and attacks on journalists.
RSF and its partner organization JED are calling on incoming president of the DRC Felix Tshisekedi, to protect journalists and put an end to impunity for crimes committed against the press.
Charged with criminal defamation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, journalist Sylvanie Kiaku remains behind bars as she is unable to raise the US$1000 bail.
Police in Kinshasa raided Kin Lartus, a television current affairs production company. The police ransacked the premises, seized material and arrested 10 journalists.
For the second time this year, Chadian authorities have disrupted internet services in the country leaving internet users with no access to social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp.
On 31 December 2017, security forces shot and killed at least seven protesters while several others were arrested during anti-government demonstrations in Kinshasa. The Congolese government also ordered a nationwide internet shutdown and disruption of SMS services a day before the protests.
DRC’s descent into chaos, Ahmed Abba’s release and Sudan’s fear of ‘indecency’ are among the top stories in Africa at the end of 2017.
Major strides towards fighting impunity in The Gambia, US journalist Martha O’Donovan charged with subversion in Zimbabwe as Mugabe resigns, Guinea’s clampdown on free expression, and more in our November roundup of free expression issues in Africa.