What does it take to ensure an honest and fair election in a country strife with corruption, exploitation, and armed conflict? Can elevating the voices of independent journalists foster transparency and open dialogue, or simply increase polarization in an already divided nation?
These are just a few of the questions facing the Democratic Republic of Congo as it heads towards its election in December. Though widely unreported, the DRC is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. Violent clashes between government and rebel forces are becoming increasingly common, spilling into the North Kivu and Ituri provinces, affecting a growing number of civilian populations. Attacks on local villages have resulted in the deaths of hundreds, forcing thousands to flee to neighbouring Uganda, and other other large cities within the DRC.
Amid this crisis, PeaceGeeks, in collaboration with the African Student Association and Bunia Actualite, an independent news organization operating in the DRC, are proud to host Congo: intersection of independent journalism and elections, a talk featuring King Solomon and guests for what promises to be an engaging talk surrounding the challenges and opportunities facing the DRC ahead of its general election in December, and the important role of independent journalism.
About King Solomon
King Solomon is an SFU International Relations major who arrived to Canada from the Congo as a refugee in 09. Since then, he's helped establish the website buniaactualite.com; one of the only independently-run news organizations in the DRC. Since it's conception in Oct 2017, it's gained significant traction both on its website, and it's facebook page (started in 2015), which has over 111,000 followers.