Mulunda, editor of weekly Le Monitor,
has been held in
The arrest was based on a June 26 defamation complaint filed by Baudouin Iheta, an official with the Mining Ministry agency Saesscam, against Le Monitor and weekly Le Baromètre after the newspapers published a June 23 story implicating Iheta in overbilling in the agency’s purchase of four vehicles, he said. Le Baromètre Editor Jeff Saïle, who has gone into hiding, told CPJ he had received anonymous phone threats.
officials must stop trying to hide behind antiquated criminal defamation laws,”
said Africa Advocacy Coordinator
Earlier on Tuesday, Canal Congo Télévision (CCTV), Canal Kin Télévision
(CKTV) and Radio Liberté Kinshasa (RALIK)—stations owned by
exiled opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba—were briefly forced
off the air after five armed men in plainclothes stormed Télé Consult, a private Italian telecom company and
government contractor, reported local press freedom group Journaliste En Danger (JED). The premises house the broadcast equipment of all
television and radio stations in
Speaking to CPJ today, Congolese Communications Minister Lambert Mendé Omalanga said police were responsible for the security of the site and that the government was investigating the incident. He told Agence France-Presse there had not been any government involvement.
The attack may
have been linked to a news item on Monday evening that raised questions about
the government’s management of the Congolese Office of