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GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. expert on freedom of expression on Thursday accused the Congolese government of violating international human rights law with moves like jamming radio broadcasts and arresting journalists.

David Kaye cited a decree on Nov. 12 that bars international media from operating in Congo unless they sign an agreement with local media or set up an outlet under Congolese regulations.

In a statement, Kaye said the “silencing of critical voices through arrests, censorship and other forms of government control” threatens the stability of a country “already in a seriously fragile state.”

He said five journalists were arrested and the signals of three media outlets were jammed last month.

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Government officials could not be reached for comment Thursday. In recent weeks they have defended their treatment of the media, including those outlets whose signals have been cut.

In a statement on Nov. 14, government spokesman Lambert Mende accused Radio France Internationale of systematically reporting false information and said the U.N.-backed Radio Okapi was behaving in a “partisan” manner.

President Joseph Kabila’s second term in office expires this month, but Congo’s courts have ruled that the election can be delayed and Kabila can stay in power until a new leader is chosen.

A deal reached in October calls for the vote to be held in April 2018, though the largest opposition party rejected it.

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Associated Press writer Saleh Mwanamilongo contributed to this report from Kinshasa, Congo.