DRC Authorities must reopen media outlets and end crackdown on internet freedom- Amnesty Director

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LONDON, United Kingdom,

Following further closures of media outlets and a mounting crackdown on internet and mobile messaging in the wake of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 31st December 2018, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes Joan Nyanyuki says:

“The authorities in the DRC must immediately reopen all media outlets and reinstate all blocked communications channels. People must be allowed to freely access and exchange information including online as they wait for election results. This attack on freedom of expression and media freedom risks exacerbating an already tense and volatile situation. People must be allowed to freely access and exchange information including online as they wait for election results’’

She further said that more than ever, the Congolese people need assurance that the authorities are genuinely committed to the respect for human rights and allowing people to access information from diverse sources and communicate freely and DRC authorities must uphold the right to freedom of expression and media freedom at this critical juncture in the country’s history