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DRC - Journalist faces year in prison, 100,000 dollars in damages in libel case

Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders urges the Congolese judicial authorities to come to their senses in the case of Nicaise Kibel Bel'Oka, the publisher of the bimonthly Les Coulisses in Béni, in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu, who is facing a possible jail term and heavy damages for supposedly libelling a local customs official. On 5 April, Béni's prosecutor requested a one-year jail sentence for Bel'Oka in the lawsuit brought against him by Crispin Youmba Akilimali, the deputy director of the (...)

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