Local radio committed to fighting Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo announced on Monday that it was shutting down for fear of reprisals that had killed one of its journalists .
« Since last month, we are all threatened. We have just decided to cut off the signal from our radio, « Joel Musavuli, director of Lwemba community radio in the Mambasa territory (Ituri, northeast), told AFP.
« We are victims of our commitment to raising awareness about the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). We do not know why the militia want us, « he said.
On November 2, a Lwemba radio host, Papy Mahamba, was killed in his house by strangers. His wife was injured and his house burned by the same aggressors. The director of the radio claims to have escaped two kidnapping attempts.
The management of the radio regrets the inaction of the authorities. The radio intends to resume its activities « after the restoration of the authority of the State in the zone ».
Towards a stabilization of the epidemic
Since September, several radio stations in the Mambasa area have decided to stop broadcasting Ebola programs because of the hostility of a large segment of the population, according to a press organization. , OLPA.
The DRC is fighting against an outbreak of Ebola declared on 1 August 2018. It is affecting the remote and conflict areas of the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri.
The epidemic has so far killed 2,193 people out of 3,287 cases, according to the latest official figures dated Sunday.
The epidemic tends to stabilize or even slow down, with no new cases or new confirmed deaths recorded in this same bulletin.