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Abuja, Nigeria, September 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Congo to apprehend the perpetrators of an attack on Wednesday against a journalist in his home in Brazzaville. Elie Smith was threatened and held at gunpoint by unidentified men who he said also attacked his sister, according to news reports. Armed men in plainclothes stormed Smith's home early Wednesday, according to news reports. Smith, a Cameroonian citizen, is a journalist for pro-government broadcaster MNTV. In an interview with the Paris-based news magazine Jeune Afrique, Smith said the assailants told him they had come to kill him and dispose of his body, and then attacked his sister. Then they seized his personal belongings and journalistic equipment and fled, he said. Smith added that police had visited his home to document the attack. Smith said that sources whom he declined to identify had told him that the attack was likely in retaliation for a photo he posted on Facebook that he took while covering a meeting on Monday in which several supporters of the opposition party were attacked. The photo showed an opposition supporter covered in blood.

Abuja, Nigeria, September 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Congo to apprehend the perpetrators of an attack on Wednesday against a journalist in his home in Brazzaville. Elie Smith was threatened and held at gunpoint by unidentified men who he said also attacked his sister, according to news reports. Armed men in plainclothes stormed Smith's home early Wednesday, according to news reports. Smith, a Cameroonian citizen, is a journalist for pro-government broadcaster MNTV. In an interview with the Paris-based news magazine Jeune Afrique, Smith said the assailants told him they had come to kill him and dispose of his body, and then attacked his sister. Then they seized his personal belongings and journalistic equipment and fled, he said. Smith added that police had visited his home to document the attack. Smith said that sources whom he declined to identify had told him that the attack was likely in retaliation for a photo he posted on Facebook that he took while covering a meeting on Monday in which several supporters of the opposition party were attacked. The photo showed an opposition supporter covered in blood.

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