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DRC journalist faces defamation charge over report on minister: Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should drop all charges against Jeef Mwingamb, editor-in-chief of the weekly Le Fédéral, and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Mwingamb is facing a defamation charge under article 74 of the Congolese penal code, his lawyer, David Ilunga Sheria, told CPJ. The national security service (ANR) summoned him on August 30 to its office in Lubumbashi and detained him, according to the Congolese press freedom advocacy organization Journalistes en Danger.

The charge is in relation to a complaint that a regional government minister, Viviane Kapufi Mwansa, made to the federal security service about the way Mwingamb portrayed her in an article in Le Fédéral on August 19, according to news reports. CPJ was unable to reach Kapufi for comment.

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DRC journalist faces defamation charge over report on minister: Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should drop all charges against Jeef Mwingamb, editor-in-chief of the weekly Le Fédéral, and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.Mwingamb is facing a defamation charge under article 74 of the Congolese penal code, his lawyer, David Ilunga Sheria, told CPJ. The national security service (ANR) summonedhim on August 30 to its office in Lubumbashi and detained him, according to the Congolese press freedom advocacy organization Journalistes en Danger.The charge is in relation to a complaint that a regional government minister, Viviane Kapufi Mwansa, made to the federal security service about the way Mwingamb portrayed her in an article in Le Fédéral on August 19, according to news reports. CPJ was unable to reach Kapufi for comment.DRC journalist faces defamation charge over report on minister: Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should drop all charges against Jeef Mwingamb, editor-in-chief of the weekly Le Fédéral, and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today