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Annual Prison Census 2013 - Democratic Republic of Congo

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 18 December 2013
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Annual Prison Census 2013 - Democratic Republic of Congo, 18 December 2013, available at: [accessed 23 January 2018]
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Journalists in prison as of December 1, 2013

Democratic Republic of Congo: 1

Roger Sebyera, Walikale Radio
Imprisoned: November 30, 2013

Officials from the National Intelligence Agency (known by its French acronym, ANR) in the eastern town of Rutshuru detained Sebyera without charge after he went to their offices to retrieve his cellphone and petty cash that had been confiscated the day before, according to a local journalist and a report from Congolese press freedom group Journaliste en Danger.

On November 29, ANR officers seized a cellphone and US$5 from Sebyera while he was phoning in a live report to his station, Walikale Radio, about a visit to Rutshuru by President Joseph Kabila. The officers said they suspected Sebyera was in communication with enemies of the president and was possibly plotting to harm him, Journaliste en Danger reported.

Sebyera was being held in Rutshuru's central prison in late 2013. No charges had been filed against him.

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