Modeste Mutinga

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Modeste Mutinga Mutuishayi
Nationality Democratic Republic of Congo
Occupation journalist, senator
Organization Le Potentiel
Political party
Alliance of the Presidential Majority
Awards International Press Freedom Award (2000)

Modeste Mutinga Mutuishayi, commonly known as Modeste Mutinga, is a journalist and senator of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the publisher of Le Potentiel, which The Committee to Protect Journalists described as "the only independent daily newspaper in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo".[1] According to Mutinga, the paper has "an agenda" of promoting economic development and democracy.[2]

Mutinga has been threatened, arrested, and jailed multiple times on charges related to his reporting.[1] In 1992, during the Mobutu Sese Seko era, the Le Potentiel offices were bombed.[3] In 1998, he was arrested by authorities following an article covering the house arrest of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi.[4] In January 2000, he was assaulted in New York City by the advisors of DRC President Laurent-Désiré Kabila while covering a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.[1]

In 2000, he was awarded the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists.[1] The award citation described him as "a relentless advocate for human rights" and "an inspiration to journalists throughout Africa who continue to fight against tremendous odds for freedom of expression and better governance".[1]

Political career[edit]

From 2003 to 2006, Mutinga served as High Authority of the Media in the Transitional Government that followed the Pretoria Accord ending the Second Congo War.[5]

He now serves as a senator in the nation's parliament as a member of the Alliance of the Presidential Majority, the party backing current president Joseph Kabila.[6] In March 2010, he introduced legislation to attempt to regulate the "confusion" followed by the end of the Voice of Zaire's media monopoly.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "IPF Awards 2000 - Announcement". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2000. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Modeste Motinga". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Trudy Rubin (22 November 2000). "Beacons Of Freedom Helping Journalists In Countries Where Basic Rights Are Denied". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kinshasa arrest of opposition newspaper editor". BBC News. 26 February 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Jason Stearns (15 June 2010). "What's up with Le Potentiel?". Congo Siasa. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Modeste Mutinga publie «RD Congo, la République des inconscients », Radio Okapi, 14 septembre 2010
  7. ^ "DRC: Senator Modeste Mutinga Mutuishayi tries to introduce a media law". Balancing Act. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2011.