Ugandan Journalists Demand for Apology from DRC Government for Arrest

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Two Ugandan journalists employed by Monitor Publications Limited, who were arrested by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo last week, returned home today.
Paul Harera and Robert Isaur were arrested on Wednesday last week in the eastern Congolese town of Goma as they were on their way interview the Congolese dissident, General Laurent Nkunda. The Congolese Government accused the journalists of attempting to enter rebel held territory to supply logistics to Nkunda and his troops.
After six days in detention, Harera and Isaur were released from jail. They arrived in the country last night following pressure from journalists and several international media organizations in the Congo.
Harera, who is employed as an administrative assistant at the Monitor-owned KFM radio, denies the accusations of the Congolese government that he and Isaur were used as conduits for the rebel activity. He challenges the Congolese authorities to produce any evidence against them.
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Earlier in the week, the management of Monitor Publications denied having assigned either Harera or Isaur to the Congo.
Harera admits that he was not working on behalf of the Daily Monitor when he went to the Congo. He says he asked for a leave of absence, intending to pursue an interview with Laurent Nkunda on behalf of several international news outlets.
The journalist says he does not regret going into the Congo since he did so legally and vows to return to the war torn country soon.
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