- Reporters Without Borders has expressed concern over an armed attack on Radiotélévision Nationale Congolaise journalist, Tuver Wundi Muhindo on 12 April in Goma, the capital of Kivu province.
According to a letter addressed to the Governor of the Province, Julien Paluku Kahongya, the journalists association pleaded with Kivu authorities to ensure the protection of Mr Muhindo and his family, further stating that the Governor should ensure that the attack is properly investigated so that both the perpetrators and instigators are identified.
“By demonstrating that press freedom is one of your priorities, you will discourage others who might be tempted to act in a similar fashion and you will show that no crime goes unpunished in your province,” the letter firmly expressed.
The attack was reportedly carried out by four Swahili-speaking gunmen, who burst into Mr Muhindo’s home at night tying his family and also threatening to rape his wife.
The attackers fled after 30 minutes, taking money, objects of value and some of his journalistic equipment, Mr Muhindo said.
“It was a miracle I survived,” Mr Muhindo said. He reported the intrusion to Goma’s judicial and military authorities the next morning. The police arrested two suspects but it is not yet known if they participated in the attack.
Eastern Congo has been unstable since August 2008, when government forces clashed with armed forces in the Congolese forests.
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