Solange Lusiku Nsimire — The Congolese journalist who fought corruption and championed women
Aviva Stahl | INTERNATIONAL, MEDIA WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER
Women journalists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and reporters and human rights activists across the world have been in mourning since the death of Solange Lusiku Nsimire last month. Lusiku Nsimire, who died of a short illness at 46, was the first woman to run a written newspaper in the DRC’s eastern South Kivu Province and had won several international awards, including the International Women’s Media Foundation’s (IWMF) 2014 Courage in Journalism Award.
“As an independent journalist, and both editor-in-chief and publisher of the newspaper Le Souverain, she was unwavering in her often solitary commitment to hard-hitting stories in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” said IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz in an email to WMC. “The DRC is perhaps one of the most volatile countries in Africa when it comes to human rights; most notably, crimes against humanity, sexual violence, and rigged elections. Solange sought to abolish this climate of censorship and fear.” Continue reading
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