Offbeat Media in the DRC: the NGO in danger journalist (JED) pulls the

08:25  04 may  2021
08:25  04 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Revue de presse Afrique alarm © RFI AFRICA Press review in the DRC, at least 14 journalists have received direct or indirect threats for professional reasons since The beginning of the year, reports the NGO journalist in danger (JED). The Organization also registered at least 9 cases of assaulted or tortured journalists in the exercise of their profession. Jed finds a "disturbing resurgence" attacks against journalists and the media. The NGO draws the alarm and calls for deep reforms in the sector. with our correspondent in Kinshasa,

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Since the beginning of Félix Tshisekedi, a journalist in danger (JED) says he has already registered 228 cases of abuses on freedom of the press throughout the national territory. The NGO wants more action from the new power.

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It is a question of "fighting the impunity of identifiable people for most who are recruited in the security services and who are openly attacking journalists and who have never been worried," Tshivis Tshivuadi, the JED Secretary General. There is also today a phenomenon that is that of political activists who attack journalists. They are identifiable because they claim power ".

The other challenge is to achieve the decriminalization of press offenses. Conscious of the way to go Before changing the law, professional organizations propose to go as quickly as possible to a moratorium.

"This means getting from the Ministry of Justice that at the level of magistrates that there are measures that make freedom for journalists be the rule and really the exception," says Tshivis Tshivuadi.

For its part, Patrick Muyaya, the new Minister of Communication and Media, promised to get involved personally for more transparency. He promises, for example, his support for the vote of the Public Information Access Act.

"Today, in a society where the people are more demanding. He wants transparency, we have the obligation to make available to information. A timetable will be established to advance this, "promises the minister.

All these questions may be deepened in the context of the general states of the press that are scheduled for this year.

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