The intelligence services of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have arrested American journalist Stavros Nicolas Niarchos after he allegedly approached armed groups in the southeastern part of the country, a senior government official said on Monday. Sunday.
Local civil society groups such as RECN quoted in local media as saying Niarchos and a Congolese journalist were arrested in the southeastern city of Lubumbashi on Wednesday and taken to the capital. Kinshasa capital.
A senior government official who requested anonymity confirmed to AFP on Sunday that the Congolese intelligence agency ANR was keeping Niarchos in Kinshasa.
The 33-year-old journalist, who writes for the US magazines The Nation and The New Yorker, has been in contact with armed groups including the Bakata Katanga militia, the official said.
The official explained: “He made moves that were never reported to the authorities before, noting that the government “must be on guard” after the murder of two UN experts. in 2017.
The UN has hired American experts Michael Sharp and Catalan Swede-Chile Zaida to probe the violence in the Kasai area, central DRC, where they were abducted and killed.
“The Congolese authorities are not interested in keeping an American journalist,” said the senior government official, adding that he could be released on Tuesday.
Niarchos went to the DRC to report on nature, economic and cultural conservation for The Nation magazine, according to the journalist’s official recognition seen by AFP.
Neither The Nation nor the US embassy in Kinshasa were immediately available for comment.
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