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Modeste Mutinga

Occupation  journalist, senator
Name  Modeste Mutinga

Role  Political leader
Organization  Le Potentiel
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Nationality  Democratic Republic of Congo
Political party  Alliance of the Presidential Majority
Awards  International Press Freedom Award (2000)
Party  Alliance of the Presidential Majority

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". According to Mutinga, the paper has "an agenda" of promoting economic development and democracy.

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Mutinga has been threatened, arrested, and jailed multiple times on charges related to his reporting. In 1992, during the Mobutu Sese Seko era, the Le Potentiel offices were bombed. In 1998, he was arrested by authorities following an article covering the house arrest of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi. 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.

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In 2000, he was awarded the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists. 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".

Political career

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.

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. In March 2010, he introduced legislation to attempt to regulate the "confusion" followed by the end of the Voice of Zaire's media monopoly.

References

Modeste Mutinga Wikipedia


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