ANTEDITESTE Niragira, the Burundian journalist who was detained by Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) security officials last week while reporting on the Burundian refugees in the country, is being held on trumped up charges, according to media campaign group, Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Niragira who works for German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) was apparently arrested last week by DRC intelligence agents. The last time anyone heard from him was when he called his wife from the border two days ago.
DW says it is concerned about the fate of their Burundian correspondent and that allegations that he was a spy were “outrageous and baseless.”
RSF has issued a statement calling for the release of Niragira, saying: “There is no reason for Antediteste Niragira to be in prison. This journalist has broken no law. If the Congolese authorities don’t want to let him into DR Congo, they should release him so that he can return home.”
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