President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi participated on Friday in Kinshasa as part of a celebration of International Press Freedom Day at an event marking this occasion.
For the first time in the history of the country, the Head of State went to celebrate, with the media professionals gathered within the UNPC, the international press day.
Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo made the trip to the Beatrice Hotel where a hundred journalists gathered. “My presence means honoring my commitment to be with you,” he said.
“I promised to be the one who will promote freedom of the press as a real fourth power.As the first person in charge of this country, I have to be at the side of the journalists (…) The press is a essential engines of the coming of the rule of law in this country (…) The media remain an essential instrument in the life of a state.We must see how to build together this rule of law, “added Felix Tshisekedi .
This May 3rd is an opportunity to make a poor assessment of the situation of the press in the DRC.
The Congolese press is sick. Underpaid or poorly paid, journalists work in total decay.
Ranked 154 out of 180 in the world rankings, the DRC is waiting, under the leadership of Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, to turn the corner.
In the past two decades, 14 journalists have been killed for whom JED is demanding the reopening of the trials.