Ex-President’ son gets six month jail term for airing false news.

Ex-President’ son gets six month jail term for airing false news.

01 Jan 2019, by Kez@ClosingSpaces in CS Database

Incidents & Issues

Michael Gbagbo, the son of Côte d’Ivoire’s ex-president, was fined sentenced to jail for a 2016 interview, in which he claimed that a large number of people were still in jail or missing following the 2010-2011 unrest when his father would not accept presidential defeat. His charge was “complicity in disclosing false news”. The director of Koaci.com, the platform that hosted the interview, was also fined. The charges concerned the dissemination of false news.

Details of Occurrence

Country of OccurrenceCote d'Ivoire
Date of Occurrence26 Jan 2018
Legal FoundationsArticles 7 and 19 of the 2016 constitution. The 2004 press law.
Rights ImplicatedProtection from arbitrary arrest, freedom of expression and Protection of journalists in the pursuit of their work from judicial authorities.

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