The letter, addressed to prime minister and interior minister Adolphe Lumanu Mulenda Bwana N’Sefu. asked him to ensure “journalists be allowed to carry out their work without being treated as targets”. An eminently reasonable request which the government should heed. That said, the right of journalists to go about their jobs is hardly a given in the DRC.
Among recent attacks on journalists listed in the letter are the following:
If the DRC government doesn’t make a firm commitment to uphold the rights of journalists, this list will probably grow longer over the next few weeks. DM
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