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The Democratic Republic of the Congo 🇨🇩 , also known as Congo-Kinshasa to distinguish from the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), is a Central African country which mostly practices Christianity (a nearly equal mix of Catholicism and Protestantism). It is the largest country by area in sub-Saharan Africa. It was a Belgian colony. Between 1971 and 1997, the country was called Zaire, under the rule of Mobutu Sese Seko and his Popular Revolution Movement.

General censorship[]

Despite the constitution providing freedom of speech, press freedom in the DRC is restricted, as is freedom of speech. While print newspapers are nominally privately-held, journalists must be members of a state-run union in order to do this profession. As a result, many newspapers are effectively mouthpieces of the Congolese government.

Book censorship[]

Film censorship[]

  • L'Homme Qui Repare Les Femmes (The Man Who Mends Women) - this documentary about Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, whose hospital treats rape victims, was banned without a reason given.

Internet censorship[]

Access to the Internet by its citizens was cut off from January 1 to January 20, 2019, claiming that it would prevent chaos in election results.

Music censorship[]

On November 2021, the government censor of the Congolese government outlawed songs criticising the government.

Television censorship[]

Video game censorship[]

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