Democratic Republic of Congo: Arbitrarily jailed journalist must be released: Stanis Bujakera

On 25 September, the High Court in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, rejected detained journalist Stanis Bujakera’s bail application. Stanis Bujakera was arbitrarily arrested on 8 September at N’djili Airport in Kinshasa as he was about to board a flight to the city of Lubumbashi. He was unlawfully detained for three days before being placed under provisional detention on 11 September. His mobile phones and computer were seized and searched without a warrant. The DRC authorities have charged him with “spreading rumours” and “disseminating fake news” in relation to an article they allege he authored. Amnesty International believes Stanis Bujakera is being persecuted for his journalistic work. He must be immediately and unconditionally released.

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