Journalists In The DRC Struggling With Self-Censorship and Threats

 

 Reporters in the DRC face threats and violence during the pre-election period. Credit: Internews


Reporters in the DRC face threats and violence during the pre-election period. Credit: Internew

Internews, an international nonprofit that works to empower local media to tell its communities stories, explores the politically hostile situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where threats of violence, during the pre-electoral period, are leading to self-censorship among local journalists because of a hostile political climate. Internews Chief of Party in the DRC Karim Bernard-Dende interviews a staff member from the Initiative Journalists in Danger (JED) to delve deeper into freedom of press issues in the DRC. To read the entire interview, click here.

Author David Hoffman, who wrote Citizen’s Rising, a book about the power of the media to empower oppressed communities against tyrannical dictatorships, founded Internews. His organization works directly to empower local media through training, education and advocacy. To get a copy of his book, click here.

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