Kinshasa, July 26: The Democratic Republic of Congo does not have a very good history in treating Journalists. Specially attack foreign journalists has become a very common incident there. Again on Tuesday, two foreign Journalists were briefly detained and maltreated in the capital Kinshasa. Three men who detained them presented their identity as military intelligence officers. The detained journalists were from Agence France-Presse.
DR Congo ranked 154th out of 180 on the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. In the earlier part of this month, a US Journalist was kidnapped by a militia group. Later he was found safe but the yesterday’s incident proved aggression against journalists is not rare there.
On Tuesday, the two AFP Journalists went to conduct an interview the head of Kinshasa's main hospital. As the doctors strike is going over there, the AFP Journalists went to cover it. Then three people who identified themselves as agents of the Military Detection of Anti-National Activities service detained them.
"Three people in civilian clothes presented themselves as military intelligence officers and took away our (video) equipment (and) roughly led us to their boss, a major who told us were were "under arrest", the two journalists said.