Rights groups; Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders have called on military authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to release a journalist arrested on “terrorism” charges.
Sosthene Kambidi, who works for Congolese news site was arrested by the army prosecutor at a hotel in the DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, on Monday night for the possession of a video showing the killing of two United Nations sanctions monitors in 2017
Denied access to his family or a lawyer for 36 hours after his arrest, Kambidi was questioned over how he acquired footage of the killing in 2017, said Jean-Mobert Senga, an Amnesty International researcher.
“Until proven otherwise, Kambidi is a journalist who has done nothing but his job, and should not be forced to reveal his sources,” Senga said.
The two UN experts, Zaida Catalan, a Swede, and Michael Sharp, from the United States, were stopped along the road by armed men, marched into a field and killed.
DRC’s authorities initially blamed a militia, arrested about two dozen alleged fighters and charged them with involvement in the killings. The government later said it could not exclude the possibility that state agents were involved.
They have, however, denied suggestions by rights groups that higher-level government and security officials might have been involved in the killings.