Information minister assumes role of film censor

first_img February 16, 2021 Find out more Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica to go further Organisation February 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders September 4, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Information minister assumes role of film censor Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Journalist in Danger (JED) condemn the government’s decision to “categorically ban” a documentary about Denis Mukwege, a Congolese surgeon specializing in treating women who have been raped in the course of years of fighting in the eastern province of Sud-Kivu.Information minister Lambert Mendé insists that the Congolese armed forces are “defamed” by “The Man Who Mends Women,” which was made by Thierry Michel, a Belgian filmmaker, and Colette Braeckman, a Belgian journalist who has specialized in central Africa.Mendé nonetheless recently gave Michel and Braeckman assurances that the film would be able to be shown in the DRC.“The Congolese government’s behaviour is outrageous and is indicative of its narrow-mindedness,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “How can this government deny the reality of the violence that has caused suffering to thousands of Congolese men and women during nearly 20 years of war in the east? How can this government deny the public’s fundamental right to have access to information and know their country’s history?”JED secretary-general Tshivis Tshivuadi added: “No law provides a basis for this ban, which is completely arbitrary. And if the armed forces have filed a defamation suit, show it to us! Even if there were a lawsuit, how could it justify this act of outright censorship? This archaic ban is an embarrassment for the DRC in the new technology era.”RSF and JED call on the information minister to lift his ban, even if his attempted censorship just increases the public’s interest in the film.The European Parliament’s decision to award the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Dr. Mukwege in November 2014 was celebrated in an enormous billboard announcement on Kinshasa’s Boulevard du 30 Juin.But Mukwege was the target of murder attempts in 2012 and earlier this year and, according to a statement released by Michel, he is now holed up in his hospital and can only leave if protected by an escort of UN peacekeepers.Michel’s film has received a total of seven international awards in five countries on three continents.The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index. Of late, the government has distinguished itself by its failure to hold elections on time and its repressive attitude towards the media. Receive email alerts RSF_en News News Photo: Denis Mukwege (Picture from the movie) Photo: Thierry Michel, Denis Mukwege, and Colette Braeckman News Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Help by sharing this information News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica February 24, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pence’s handling of 2015 HIV outbreak gets new scrutiny

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleButtigieg back in political fray after respite for bad coldNext articleMichigan governor urges steps to limit spread of new virus Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market (“Mike Pence” by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0) Vice President Mike Pence’s handling of a health crisis when he was governor of Indiana is getting a fresh look.This comes after President Donald Trump tasked him with overseeing the U.S. response to the new coronavirus threat.Critics say he mishandled the 2015 HIV outbreak in southern Indiana. Pence delayed allowing a program to provide clean needles to intravenous drug users in one rural county where nearly 200 people eventually tested positive for HIV.Foundation for AIDS Research official Greg Millett says the outbreak would have been “entirely preventable” if Pence had acted earlier. Pence was worried that needle exchange programs enabled illegal drug abuse. Facebook By Associated Press – February 28, 2020 0 320 Pence’s handling of 2015 HIV outbreak gets new scrutiny Twitter Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Google+last_img read more