Ameriques Asie Europe Moyen-Orient Internet Nations unies
 
Democratic Republic of Congo10 August 2007

News photographer shot dead near home in eastern city of Goma

Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at the death of freelance photographer Patrick Kikuku, who was shot dead last night near his home in Goma, the capital of the eastern province of Nord Kivu, by unidentified gunmen.

The press freedom organisation urged the authorities to understand the importance of doing everything possible to solve the murder, which comes just a month after gunmen killed Radio Okapi news editor Serge Maheshe in still unexplained circumstances in Bukavu, in eastern Sud Kivu province.

“The Congolese press has seen several of its members murdered recently and now it is in mourning yet again, but the government makes no serious attempt to put a stop to this violence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Like us, Kikuku’s family and colleagues can only call for the murderers to be identified and punished, without much hope of seeing this happen. The inability of the Congolese authorities to render justice to the victims of violence makes this kind of tragedy possible.”

Kikuku, who worked for the Agence Congolaise de Presse (ACP) and the Kinshasa-based weekly L’Hebdo de l’Est, was shot in the head by a member of a group of gunmen who walked up to him yesterday evening about 50 metres from his home in Ndosho, in the Goma municipality of Karisimbi. They took his camera, but not the mobile phone or cash he had in his possession. Their identity and motives are still unknown.



In this country
7 May - Democratic Republic of Congo
Government suspends French public radio broadcasts in northeast
15 April - Democratic Republic of Congo
Armed intruders threaten journalist in Nord-Kivu home
8 January - Democratic Republic of Congo
Newspaper editor freed on completing 10-month sentence for insulting president
22 November - Democratic Republic of Congo
A second Radio Okapi journalist gunned down near his home in Bukavu
21 November - Democratic Republic of Congo
Five Raga TV journalists released after being held for 24 hours

in the annual report
Democratic Republic of Congo - Annual Report 2008
Democratic Republic of Congo - Annual report 2006

Africa press releases
3 June - Somalia
Alarm at TV station director’s abduction near Mogadishu
27 May - Gabon
Government imposes news blackout on President Bongo’s health
26 May - Somalia
Radio reporter shot by militia dies of injuries, fourth journalist to be killed this year

africa archives
archives

reports
18 March 2009 - Democratic Republic of Congo
“Bukavu, murder city”: investigation report into murders of journalists in the capital of Sud-Kivu
21 May 2008 - Eritrea
Naizghi Kiflu, the dictatorship’s eminence grise
6 March 2008 - Kenya
"How far to go ?" Kenya’s media caught in the turmoil of a failed election
archives

Sign the petitions
Eritrea
Sign the petition for the release of ten Eritrean journalists