Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian

first_img February 16, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of a community radio journalist in Equateur province, in the northwest of Democratic Republic of Congo, who was arrested on 22 February for allegedly defaming a provincial parliamentary representative. February 24, 2021 Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Organisation Based in the town of Bikoro, where he works for the popular community radio station Radio Liberté Bikoro, Christophe Yoka Nkumu was transferred yesterday to a prison in the provincial capital, Mbandaka.Nkumu was arrested after reporting that Bikoro parliamentary representative Djimy Nkumu was making personal use of a car allocated to the public health authorities for combatting Ebola. When reached by RSF, he said his report did not name the representative and just focussed on what had happened to the vehicle. “This journalist, who is just accused of defamation, should not be in prison,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We call for his immediate and unconditional release. It is time for Congolese politicians to stop taking justice into their own hands by systematically jailing journalists who criticize them. Only significant concrete measures such as a moratorium on arrests of journalists and an overhaul of repressive media legislation will end these repeated abuses.”RSF tried without success to reach the provincial governor and the parliamentary representative who brought the complaint against Nkumu.Journalism continues to be a dangerous profession in the DRC. In Mongala province, Equateur’s immediate neighbour, Radio Liberté Lisala director Erick Ngunde was arrested on 13 February after hosting a programme about political tension in the province. Although now released, he has been suspended from working as a journalist. In the eastern city of Goma, Radio UB-FM reporter Nanou Kazaku sustained a gunshot injury while covering a demonstration on 17 February.The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo February 18, 2021 Find out more News Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders News Receive email alerts Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News February 3, 2021 Find out more Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma to go further Rebel militia threats against two radio journalists in eastern DRClast_img read more

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Mother, daughter killed when 800-pound boulder fell off truck, smashed their car; driver in custody: Police

first_imgKSTP(ROSEMOUNT, Minn.) — A mother and daughter died when a roughly 800-pound boulder fell off a truck and smashed into their car, and now that truck driver is in custody, according to police.Karen Christiansen, 67, was driving with her daughter, Jena Christiansen, 32, in Rosemount, Minnesota, Monday afternoon when the massive boulder dislodged from the back of the truck and crashed into their 2002 Toyota Avalon, the Rosemount Police Department said.The mother and daughter, both of Shoreview, Minnesota, died from blunt force head trauma, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office said.“My heart is broken,” Jena Christiansen’s boyfriend, Ryan Kilian, told ABC affiliate KSTP in Minneapolis. “She is the most amazing person I have ever met.”After the crash, authorities turned to surveillance video to track down the commercial truck involved, according to KSTP.On Wednesday, detectives identified the commercial vehicle driver and owner as Joe Czeck, 33, of Hastings, Minnesota, police said.Czeck was arrested and declined to give a statement, police said Thursday. Charges are pending, police said, and he is being held in the Dakota County Jail.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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