DRC: TWO SOLDIERS AND A CIVILIAN GET DEATH
May 5, 2010: two soldiers Sergeant-Major Seba Tandema and Sergeant Oscar Tchenda Kashama and a civilian identified as Mushamuka were sentenced to death by a military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo for murdering journalist Didace Namujimbo, 34, in Bukavu in November 2008. The three must also pay $500,000 damages to the victim's family. Six journalists have been killed in the volatile eastern DRC since 2005.
Local media rights group Journalists in Danger (JED) has previously denounced "intimidation, denigration and threats" against journalists in the region, which for a decade has been the theatre of ongoing clashes between the army and several rebel groups. (Sources: News24.com, 05/05/2010)