Fragile DRC cracks down on media

drc-cracks-down-on-mediaFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE independent media is on the receiving end of a crackdown by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s on critics of President Joseph Kabila’s clinging to power.
Since November, amid indications polls would be postponed, five journalists have been arrested and the government has jammed the signals of three media outlets.
They are accused of interference in the central African country’s internal affairs.
Another station has been stopped from broadcasting two programmes, over allegations it provided a platform for anti-government opinions.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, said the actions were a violation of the DRC’s obligations under international human rights law.
He said the silencing of critical voices through arrests and censorship posed risks for the stability of the country.
Kaye said freedom of expression in the DRC had increasingly been threatened by the criminalisation of critics and the opposition, including the use of harsh punishments.
This violates provisions of the constitution.
Polls initially set for end of November have been deferred to 2018. Kabila, in power since his father’s assassination in 2001, does not qualify for another term. There is no guarantee he will not contest.

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