3 June 1999


Two journalists arrested

Incident details

Hervé Kiminou-Missou, Maurice Lemaire



(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is protesting the arrest of two journalists in Pointe-Noire
(in the country's south-west).

According to RSF's information, on 31 May 1999, Hervé Kiminou-Missou, a
correspondent with the panafrican radio station Africa N°1 for Angola, was
arrested by the air and frontier police. The journalist, who is a Congolese
national, was allegedly apprehended while trying to reach Cabinda, the
Angolan enclave where strong independence groups are active.

Kiminou-Missou was detained at the same time as Maurice Lemaire, a
journalist with Congolese national television and correspondent with the
international agency AITV. The two men are being held in solitary
confinement at the police station in Pointe-Noire's autonomous port.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the national police's director-general:

  • urging him to do everything in his power to see to it that the two
    journalists are immediately released
  • noting that, to your knowledge, they did nothing more than exercise
    right to inform, as guaranteed in the International Covenant on Civil and
    Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, two
    treaties which have been ratified by the Republic of Congo

    Appeals To

    Colonel Jean-François Ndengué
    National Police Director General
    Ministry of the Interior
    Brazzaville, Congo

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
    Republic of Congo
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