As President Kabila appears to have secured a further two years in power past the cessation of his constitutionally limited two-terms in office on 19th December 2016, his administration has pulled out all the stops in an effort to silence dissenters and prevent the spread of anti-government sentiment. While the DRC has by no means been considered a jurisdiction in which the freedom of expression and the freedom of the media has been encouraged, recent events indicate that these so-called ‘guaranteed rights’ will be restricted even further as the wily Kabila reeks to retain his political monopoly.

General Media Environment
While the 2005 Constitution and accompanying legislation provide for the freedom of speech, information, and the press (Articles 23 and 24), these guarantees are rarely enforced and the Congolese media space remains tightly controlled. Following in the footsteps of other autocratic and authoritarian countries on the continent, the Kinshasa government retains very close oversight over the judiciary and its officers, and is thus able to assert undue influence over cases involving journalists and media outlets to facilitate their political aims.