Albert Bonsange Yema

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Yema, editor of the opposition newspapers L’Alarme and L’Essor Africain, was arrested in connection with a February 7 article, published in both newspapers, calling for the release of jailed opposition leader Joseph Olengankoy. On June 1, the State Security Court convicted Yema of “threatening state security” and sentenced him to one year in prison. He is serving his sentence in Makala Central Prison. Yema is a diabetic, and is now receiving treatment at the general hospital in Kinshasa. Yema’s conviction contravenes the country’s press law, which only allows for civil penalties in this case because Yema is not the author of the article in contention.