Republic of Congo

2009

Alerts   |   Republic of Congo

Media harassed in Brazzaville after disputed election

President Sassou-Nguesso (AFP)New York, July 17, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the harassment of international journalists covering this week's disputed presidential elections in Republic of Congo.

On Wednesday, police smashed the camera of videographer Marlène Rabaud of France 24 while she was filming the dispersal of an opposition demonstration in the capital, Brazzaville, according to local journalists and news reports. France 24 colleague Arnaud Zajtman, who was also on the scene, told CPJ that officers shoved them and confiscated their footage.
July 17, 2009 3:17 PM ET

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Four months on, death unsolved in Republic of Congo

New York, July 2, 2009--Nearly four months after the death of Franco-Congolese journalist Bruno Jacquet Ossébi, the Committee to Protect Journalists called today for authorities in the Republic of Congo to publicly disclose a report that was prepared weeks ago on their investigation.
July 2, 2009 10:41 AM ET

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In Republic of Congo, another mysterious fire

A mysterious fire in Republic of Congo this week destroyed property belonging to President Denis Sassou Nguesso. The origin of the fire was not officially determined, recalling a similar murky blaze in January, which led to the death of journalist Bruno Ossébi.

May 14, 2009 2:08 PM ET

Blog   |   Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo

Ossébi's byline missing as sensitive case moves forward

A French lawsuit challenges the assets of Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, and Gabonese President Omar Bongo. (AFP)A French judge on Tuesday authorized an anti-corruption group to pursue a complaint that questions how the leaders of three oil-rich, central African nations amassed their personal assets. One byline was absent in news media coverage: Bruno Ossébi, an online Congolese columnist and one of the few local journalists who had covered the sensitive issue. Ossébi died in February in a mysterious fire that destroyed his home and killed three others.

May 7, 2009 10:06 AM ET

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Congolese government reacts to CPJ report

The government of the Republic of Congo reacted over the weekend to last week's CPJ special report looking into the unsolved death of Franco-Congolese online journalist Bruno Jacquet Ossébi. We welcome the government's interest in the case and take note that an official spokesman did not dispute our findings. 
April 27, 2009 5:47 PM ET

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Reports   |   Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo

Republic of Congo Special Report: From a Fatal Fire, Many Questions

Bruno Jacquet Ossébi, a Franco-Congolese journalist known for outspoken coverage of government corruption in the Republic of Congo, dies after a mysterious fire burns down his house. By Mohamed Keita with reporting by Sarah Turbeaux

April 23, 2009 12:01 AM ET

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Republic of Congo TV station suspended for political footage

New York, April 10, 2009--Authorities in Republic of Congo should immediately lift their ban on private TV station Canal Bénédiction Plus (CB Plus), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The ban was enacted in February in response to political coverage in the lead-up to presidential elections in July.

April 10, 2009 12:13 PM ET

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After mysterious fire, online columnist dead in Congo

Credit: MwindaNew York, February 6, 2009--An online columnist known for criticizing the government and alleging high-level corruption was buried in the Republic of Congo today following his death in a military hospital on Monday, according to local journalists. Bruno Ossébi, left, was badly burned in a late-night fire at his residence on January 21, although he was said to be recovering and his death was unexpected. Authorities have not provided any information on the cause and circumstances of the fire, which coincided with a similar fire at the French home of an exiled political dissident. 
February 6, 2009 5:43 PM ET

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