New York, March 29, 2004—Jean-Denis Lompoto, editor of the satirical biweekly Pili-Pili, was released March 27 from a Kinshasa prison on bail of US$100.
Lompoto, who had been held just over a week, was detained on March 19 on charges of defaming Mining Minister Eugène Diomi Ndongala, according to local press organization Journaliste en danger (JED). The charges stem from articles in Pili-Pili accusing the minister of corruption.
"We welcome Lompoto’s release," said CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper, " but he should not have been jailed in the first place. Criminal prosecution of journalists continues to be a serious problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We urge the government to work toward removing criminal penalties for press offences."
New York, August 3, 2017--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should cease harassing and detaining journalists and should allow them to cover protests and other events of public interest without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....