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D.R. Congo10 April 2002

Journalist detained by a military body was released

10.04.2002 - Journalist detained by a military body was released

On 10 April 2002, Jose Feruzi Samwegele, a journalist with RTNC 2, was released after 7 days in detention. Suspected with collusion in coup d’Etat, the journalist was arrested on 3 April and was taken to a solitary confinement unit by a military body investigating anti-patriotic activities (Détection des activités militaires anti-patrie - DEMIAP).


10.04.2002 - Journalist still detained after seven days

In a letter sent to the Defence Minister, Irun A. Wan, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières - RSF ) protested about the arrest of José Feruzi Samwegele, a journalist with RTNC 2, whose basic rights have been violated. "We ask for his immediate release, and remind you that detention centres which do not depend on the judiciary are now illegal," said Robert Ménard, RSF’s general secretary. "In addition, we are awaiting an explanation of the official reason for his arrest. RSF stated that under article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which the DRC has ratified, all detainees are guaranteed the right to be informed of any accusations against them.

According to information obtained by RSF, Jose Feruzi Samwegele, a journalist with RTCN 2 (Radio-télévision nationale congolaise 2), was arrested on 3 April 2002 by two agents of the FAC (Forces armées cogolaises) in the DRC capital, Kinshasa. He was taken to a solitary confinement unit by a military body investigating anti-patriotic activities (Détection des activités militaires anti-patrie - DEMIAP). Samwegele has reportedly been accused of circulating a release from the opposition group UDPS (Union pour la démocratie et le progrès social) that has been made public at the inter-Congolese dialogue currently taking place in Sun City, South Africa.

Since the inauguration of President Joseph Kabila, 27 journalists have been arrested by security forces, which continue to act with impunity.



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