10 January 1998


Paper's offices occupied; three printing house staffers arrested; journalist Mossi Mwasi remains in detention

Incident details

Mossi Mwasi



(RSF/IFEX) - In an 8 July 1998 letter, RSF protested the occupation of the
offices and printing house of the newspaper "Le Moniteur de l'Economie", and
the arrest of three of the printing house's staff. According to RSF's
information, since the beginning of December 1997, the editorial offices and
printing house of the privately-owned monthly are under military occupation,
without any official reason being given. The paper has been unable to
publish since. On 29 December, three staffers of the paper's printing house
were arrested without charge. Their place of detention is unknown.

**New case, plus update to IFEX alert of 17 December 1997 (Mwasi arrest)**

This is the second newspaper to have been arbitrarily occupied by military
officers in December; the offices of the magazine "Elima" were ransacked on
22 December (see IFEX alert of 29 December).


In a separate case, Mossi Mwassi, a correspondent in the Democratic Republic
of Congo (DRC) for the Swahili-language radio services of the British
Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Deutsche Welle, remains in detention
without charge in a national information agency detention cell. He was
detained on 3 December 1997 (see IFEX alert).

Recommended Action

Send appeals to President Kabila:

  • reminding him that Zaire (now DRC) ratified the International Covenant
    on Civil and Political Rights, Article 19 of which guarantees the right to
    inform and to be informed
  • asking him to respect the DRC's international commitments, and ensure
    they are respected by others
  • urging that the rights of journalists to proper working conditions be
  • urging that he do everything in his power to obtain the release of Mossi
    Mwassi and of the three printing house staffers

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  • Source

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