The International Federation of Journalists
(IFJ) today joined the Central African Press Union (USYPAC in French) to call
on DRC President Joseph Kabila to grant presidential pardon for three
journalists in prison.
“We call on authorities in DRC to release our
three colleagues arrested after being accused of collaboration with the armed
guerillas movements. Their place is not definitely in prisons. Their release
would be a great act of press freedom promotion,” said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ
According to USYPAC, the three journalists for
whom presidential pardon are requested are Palata a journalist with Congolese Channel CCTV sentenced for 20 years in
prison and accused of being involved in the case of General Faustin Munene who was
sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment by a military court for forming a
rebellion in Bas-Congo province.
There are also Fortunat Kasongo and Pierre
Sosthène Kambidi accused of collaboration with armed rebels’ movements.
made this call during a two days regional workshop sponsored by IFJ LOTCO
project held in Kinshasa on September 19-20 with
the objective to discuss the future of media in Central Africa.
presidential pardon would be a great sign from the authorities in respecting
human rights and promoting press freedom, at the eve of the 14th French speaking countries Summit in Kinshasa from 12 to 14 October,” said
Stanis Nkundiye, USYPAC President.
of the Kinshasa workshop also call on DRC, Gabon
and Cameroon, all French speaking countries to put into practice the Florence
Agreement and to decriminalize press offenses as it is the case in Congo and
“Such a decision will help promote
populations’ access to information and help media play a key role in building
and consolidating participatory democracy,” added Nkundiye.
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