Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) - The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Tuesday called for the safety of journalists in the troubled DR Congo, according to a CPJ statement, received here Wednesday by PANA.
The call came in the wake of the death of a journalist as a result of gunshot wounds he sustained in a shootout between Congolese troops and Ugandan rebels.
'The death of Kennedy Mumbere Muliwavyo underscores the danger for journalists in the North Kivu province,' CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator Mohamed Keita, remarked.
'We call on all sides fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect journalists' civilian status and allow them to report safely.'
According to the statement, Kennedy Mumbere Muliwavyo, aged 28, was a reporter for the private broadcaster Radio Télévision Muungano in the town of Oïcha and was shot in the stomach and head on Saturday by fighters of a Ugandan rebel group called the Allied Democratic Forces.
He was said to be riding in a vehicle of the Congolese national armed forces when the fighters ambushed the car.
Two other journalists were also reportedly injured in the attack.
Mitterand Hangi, a reporter for Radio Télévision Muungano, and Patient Subiri, a reporter for Radio Télévision Rwanzururu, a community radio station based in the city of Beni, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
The journalists were said to be in North Kivu and were on their way to report on the village of Kamango, which the Congolese national armed forces had retaken from Ugandan rebels the day before.