Congolese journalist beaten in custody

images (1)From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – AUTHORITIES in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been challenged to drop charges against an independent journalist arrested while covering protests calling for the resignation of President Joseph Kabila.
Security forces arrested Jean Pierre Tshibitshabu, a radio reporter, in
Lubumbashi, which has experienced unrest since December last year, when Kabila failed to hold scheduled elections at the end of his term.
He has been charged with “incitement and provocation.”
Tshibitshabu claims he has been assaulted in custody police. The
journalist sustained multiple bruises, cuts and injuries in the attack yet
the prison failed to provide adequate medical treatment.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Congolese authorities
should immediately release Tshibitshabu, drop all charges against him and take action against those who attacked him in prison.
“Journalists must be permitted to operate freely without fear of
harassment or detention in the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially
during times of tension,” said CPJ Africa Programme Coordinator, Angela
CPJ said Congolese security forces detained or harassed at least 18 other
journalists on the day Tshibitshabu was arrested.
The other arrested journalists were released without charge.
DRC is beset by tensions after Kabila, in power since the assassination of
his father, Laurent, in 2001, clung to power at the expiry of his mandate.
Fresh elections are due before the end of year but unlikely to be held.

– CAJ News

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