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 and the most populous officially francophone country. 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.
  • Beginning in 1917, indigenous people in the Belgian Congo were prohibited from viewing any film that had not received explicit permission by a censorship board to be exhibited. The board banned films that might undermine good governance, glorify violence, violate viewers' morals and religious beliefs, or badmouth the necessary prestige of the white race. With a paternalistic discourse in mind and an attitude toward indigenous people as inferior, the commission censored numerous films until the independence of Congo in 1960.

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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