As the Democratic Republic of Congo's 28 November election date draws closer, intimidation of journalists is escalating. NGOs Reporters Without Borders and Journaliste en Danger are sufficiently concerned about the situation to write an open letter to officials, asking them to secure the safety of journalists during the election.
The letter, addressed to prime minister and interior minister Adolphe Lumanu Mulenda Bwana N'Sefu, asked him to ensure "journalists be allowed to carry out their work without being treated as targets". An eminently reasonable request which the government should heed. That said, the right of journalists to go about their jobs is hardly a given in the DRC.
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