DRC: Jailed reporter released after five days

August 8, 2007

Original Alert: August 7, 2007

Manda Mutombo, Radiotélévision Nationale CongolaiseIMPRISONED

Mutombo, the host of a weekly music program on public broadcaster Radiotélévision Nationale Congolaise in the diamond-rich city of Kananga, was released without charge after five days of detention, according to local journalists.
After handing Mutombo a few dollars for transportation, a local politician had the journalist arrested on fraud accusations over an interview never aired on public radio, according to CPJ research.