Journalist shot dead in eastern DRC

2014-12-27 08:00

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Goma - A journalist for state media in the Democratic Republic of Congo was shot dead on Friday in Goma in the vast country's restive east, officials said.

Robert Chamwami Shalubuto's body was found in a grocery store close to his home after having been shot in the chest, said Celestin Sibomana, spokesperson for North Kivu province, of which Goma is the capital.

The deputy governor of the province, Feller Lutaichirwa, also confirmed the killing of the journalist for Congolese National Radio and Television (RTNC), labelling it an "assassination".

"Investigations have been initiated," he said.

Another journalist from RTNC, Philemon Gira, was shot in October. He survived the attack but his left leg had to be amputated.

"For some time, journalists have become people to kill in the city," said Sibomana. "We believe that a front has been opened against journalists."

Around 10 journalists have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the last 16 years, with most having worked in North and South Kivu provinces, according to local NGO Journalist In Danger.

Both local and foreign armed groups have terrorised residents in the two provinces for some two decades.

Read more on:    drc  |  central africa  |  media

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.