PPF condemns arrest and assault on journalist

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PPF condemns arrest and assault on journalist

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Bruno Tshibala, Prime Minister of Democratic Republic of the Congo has expressed concern over the arrest and assault on Rodrigue Ndakazieka, a journalist and technician at Radio Mwinda.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, condemned the arrest and physical assault on Ndakazieka and called on the authorities to immediately release him.

According to Journaliste en danger (JED), Ndakazieka was arrested for covering a meeting of opposition presidential hopeful, Martin Fayulu.

On December 19, when the journalist was leaving his editorial office he was picked up by police officers and forcibly taken to the residence of a local deputy from the majority party, where he was tied up and violently beaten for hours.

Later in the evening Ndakazieka was transferred to Kinshasa Provincial Police Station. The journalist was arrested soon after he broadcasted the rally of opponent and presidential candidate Martin Fayulu live.

The director of Radio Mwinda, Jean Bosco Diona said that the services of the station were under-siege by a group of police officers.