Le Potentiel

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Le Potentiel is a Democratic Republic of the Congo daily newspaper published by award-winning journalist Modeste Mutinga.[1] The Committee to Protect Journalists described it 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]

The paper criticized multiple DRC presidents, and Mutinga has been threatened, arrested, and jailed multiple times on charges related to his reporting.[1][3] In 1992, during the Mobutu Sese Seko era, the offices of the newspaper were bombed.[4] In 1998, Mutinga was arrested following an article covering the house arrest of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "IPF Awards 2000 - Announcement". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2000. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Modeste Motinga". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kinshasa arrest of opposition newspaper editor". BBC News. 26 February 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Trudy Rubin (22 November 2000). "Beacons Of Freedom Helping Journalists In Countries Where Basic Rights Are Denied". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kinshasa arrest of opposition newspaper editor". BBC News. 26 February 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 

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