Break-in at the offices of two human rights organisations; broadcaster suspended for airing statement of government opponent
#Congo-B 🇨🇬: Le Conseil supérieur de la liberté de communication suspend Vox TV pour « diffusion d’informations de nature à troubler l’ordre public ». RSF dénonce une décision prise sans audition des responsables de la chaîne et sans précision sur les contenus en cause. pic.twitter.com/JMdMggfkM0— RSF (@RSF_inter) December 22, 2022
Media regulator suspends privately-owned TV station
On 21st December 2022, national media regulator of the Republic of Congo, Conseil supérieur de la liberté de communication (CSLC – Superior Council for Freedom of Communication), suspended privately-owned broadcaster VOX TV. The CSLC accuses Vox TV of having disseminated, repeatedly, information “likely to disturb public order”, according to a news report by RFI, through the repetition of the words of a very critical government opponent.
Break-in at offices of two human rights CSOs
In September 2022, two Congolese human rights organisations – Observatoire congolais des droits de l’homme (OCDH – Congolese Observatory of Human Rights) and Forum pour la gouvernance et les droits de l’homme (FGDH – Forum for Governance and Human Rights) – reported that they had their offices broken into. The unknown perpetrators stole computers containing files with sensitive information. The directors of the two organisations believe the perpetrators were security officers, as traces of military boots were visible on the floor and on the doors. Before the break-ins, the two organisations had denounced a recent robbery at a restaurant, alleging that police officers were involved in the incident.