DRC new media rules a cause for concern, says UN

2016-11-16 20:00


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Kinshasa – The United Nations has expressed concern over a new law that seeks international broadcasters to register as local firms in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), BBC reports 

DRC authorities reportedly demanded that broadcasters such as BBC, Radio France International (RFI), and the Voice of America to register as local companies or have their frequencies suspended.

The government also allegedly said that foreign media companies could only operate in DRC with a majority of Congolese stakeholders. 

DRC officials had given the international outlets 30 days "to come into line". 

The new law reportedly came into effect over the past weekend.

The new decree was against "the direction of the confidence-building measures we are talking about", Alexis Lamek, a UN official was quoted as saying.

This came as the UN Security Council was in the DRC to gauge tensions over the holding of presidential elections which had been slated for December this year.

Reports  indicated that the central African country was battling political crises after long time President Joseph Kabila recently postponed the presidential election.

Read more on:    un  |  joseph ­kabila  |  drc  |  central africa

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