UNESCO Director General joins others deploring murder of Congolese journalist

17 July 2006

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today joined others who have condemned the murder earlier this month of Congolese journalist Bapuwa Mwamba.

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today joined others who have condemned the murder earlier this month of Congolese journalist Bapuwa Mwamba.

Koichiro Matsuura has asked the Congolese authorities to do everything they can to make sure this crime does not go unpunished, UNESCO said in a news release from its Paris headquarters.

“I condemn the murder of Bapuwa Mwamba,” said the UNESCO chief. “At a time when the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is preparing for historic elections, it is essential to ensure the safety of media professionals because they represent one of the pillars of democracy.” Elections scheduled for 30 July will be the first the country has conducted in over four decades.

The 64-year old Mr. Mwamba had worked for several Kinshasa newspapers, including the opposition daily Le Phare. He was killed in his home by three armed men during the night of 8 July. Shortly after, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUC) condemned the murder.

Today, Mr. Matsuura voiced hope “that the Congolese authorities will do everything they can to find and punish those responsible for this crime.”

According to Reporters without Borders, this is the second murder of a journalist in the DRC in the last eight months. Franck Kangundu, also known as “Ngyke," a journalist from the independent daily La Référence Plus and his wife were killed outside their home in Kinshasa on 3 November 2005.

 

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