DRC Government orders temporary suspension of RFI closure

Regulation & Policy

Democratic Republic of Congo: On 2 January, communications minister Lambert Mende announced he had ordered the temporary suspension of RFI’s frequencies as a “precautionary measure” until the CSAC ruled on the case.

The shutdown is linked directly to the radio station’s coverage of the disputed results of the presidential election last November. The government accused RFI of trying to “trivialize the anti-constitutional comedy of Mr. Tshisekedi", a reference to opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi who stood against President Joseph Kabila in the election.

RFI was later allowed to resume operations after broadcasts were cut at the start of the year over its election coverage.