Unesco de­mands DRC act over jour­nal­ist mur­der

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KINSHASA — Unesco’s di­rec­tor-gen­eral Irina Bokova on Mon­day urged au­thor­i­ties in Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo to bring the mur­der­ers of a tele­vi­sion jour­nal­ist to jus­tice.

Mar­cel Lubala was killed at his home in Mbuji-Mayi, cen­tral DRC, on the night of Novem­ber 14-15 by armed men.

The 59-year-old had worked for the RTNC Mbu­jiMayi tele­vi­sion chan­nel that is part of state broad­caster RTNC.

“I con­demn the mur­der of Mar­cel Lubala. Jour­nal­ists must be able to do their work in­form­ing ci­ti­zens with­out fear­ing for their lives,” said Bokova in a state­ment pub­lished in Paris.

“I trust the au­thor­i­ties will con­duct a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and that those re­spon­si­ble for this crime will be brought to jus­tice.”

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in the Ka­sai-Ori­en­tal prov­ince, where Mbuji-Mayi is lo­cated, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been opened into the mur­der and five peo­ple have been ar­rested. But var­i­ous char­i­ties and me­dia rights or­gan­i­sa­tions de­cried the fact the mur­der took place dur­ing a cur­few be­tween 22:00 and 05:00, when lo­cal se­cu­rity forces were sup­posed to be in con­trol of the town.

Fol­low­ing the mur­der, lo­cal ac­tivists Jour­nal­ists in Dan­ger (JED) de­nounced “the in­crease in tar­geted at­tacks against the press”.

Joseph Tshilunde, pres­i­dent of the na­tional union of DRC’s me­dia (UNPC), told AFP that Lubala was the “16th jour­nal­ist killed in DRC in 10 years and too of­ten the per­pe­tra­tors and organisers are not sanc­tioned”.

DRC has been wracked by re­cent vi­o­lence sparked by a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis brought on by the post­pon­ing of a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion which had been due to take place be­fore the end of the year. — AFP

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