Information hero

Tshivis Tshivuadi

The secretary-general of Journalist in Danger, a local NGO, Tshivis Tshivuadi has worked tirelessly for freedom of information in Democratic Republic of Congo for more than 15 years. Instead of deterring him, his first death threats in 2006 just convinced him to keep going. He was threatened again on 1 September 2011 and branded as a government opponent but he coolly continued to defend the Congolese media’s right to work freely. When M23 rebels threatened a journalist in October 2012, he loudly denounced this attempt at intimidation, to the point that M23’s leaders issued an apology. On 3 May 2013, Journalist in Danger issued a loud appeal to “break the chains of censorship and self-censorship” – a bold message in a country where, despite superficial undertakings, journalists are constantly hounded.