Journalist Suspended From Live Programs After Criticizing The President

Journalist Suspended From Live Programs After Criticizing The President

17 Dec 2018, by Kez@ClosingSpaces in CS Database

Incidents & Issues

A broadcast journalist from the state-owned television station (ORTB) was suspended from doing live programs after he criticized a decision by the president to participate in a march in Paris against terrorism and called on the president to allow freedom of the press and political debates within the public media.

Details of Occurrence

Country of OccurrenceBenin Republic
Date of Occurrence12 Jul 2015
Security Agents InvolvedHigh Authority of Audiovisual Communication (HAAC)
Legal FoundationsArticle 23 and 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of Benin
Rights ImplicatedFreedom of Press and Expression
Actions Taken

Professional media associations, NGOs, and ethics groups denounced the measure as retaliatory. In response to trade union and NGO demonstrations, the ORTB director claimed the removal of the journalist was consistent with internal office regulations but then reinstated the television journalist

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