Congolese Soldiers Raid Offices of Magazine La Rue Meurt

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September 8, 1998


President Denis Sassou Nguesso
Presidential Palace
Brazzaville, Congo


Your Excellency:

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to you to protest the forcible entry into the offices of La Rue Meurt and the seizure of the magazine's computer equipment by soldiers. Authorities have offered no explanation for the action.

On September 4 at approximately 4 a.m., soldiers sealed-off the area surrounding the premises of La Rue Meurt, forcibly entered the magazine's offices, and removed its computer equipment. According to our sources, the military captain of the district informed the police of this action.

As a nonpartisan organization of journalists committed to press freedom worldwide, CPJ protests the raid on the offices of La Rue Meurt and seizure of its equipment. These actions constitute violations of Article 19 of the of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, to all of which, we respectfully remind Your Excellency, the Republic of Congo is a signatory.

We respectfully ask Your Excellency to provide an explanation for this action by armed soldiers, and to ensure that the investigation into this matter is thorough. We also ask Your Excellency to see that the computer equipment taken from the offices of La Rue Meurt is returned as soon as possible.

 

Sincerely,

Ann K. Cooper

Executive Director



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