The Democratic Republic of Congo’s intelligence service has detained US journalist Stavros Nicolas Niarchos after he allegedly approached armed groups throughout the nation’s southeast, a senior authorities official said Sunday.
Native civil-society groups much like RECN quoted in native media said that Niarchos and a Congolese journalist had been arrested throughout the southeastern metropolis of Lubumbashi on Wednesday and delivered to the capital Kinshasa.
A senior authorities official who requested anonymity confirmed to AFP on Sunday that the Congolese intelligence firm ANR is holding Niarchos in Kinshasa.
The 33-year-old journalist, who writes for US magazines The Nation and The New Yorker, had made contact with armed groups along with the Bakata Katanga militia, the official said.
“He made actions that had been not at all beforehand reported to the authorities,” the official outlined, noting that the federal authorities “must be vigilant” after the murder of two United Nations consultants in 2017.
The UN had employed consultants American Michael Sharp and Swedish-Chilean Zaida Catalan to probe violence throughout the Kasai space of central DRC, the place they’d been kidnapped and killed.
“The Congolese authorities don’t have any actual curiosity in defending an American journalist,” the senior authorities official said, together with that he may be launched on Tuesday.
Niarchos travelled to the DRC to report on nature conservation, the monetary system and custom for The Nation journal, in accordance with the journalist’s official accreditation seen by AFP.
Neither The Nation nor america embassy in Kinshasa had been immediately accessible for comment.
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