Journalists detained over false publications

Journalists detained over false publications

01 Jan 2019, by Kez@ClosingSpaces in CS Database

Incidents & Issues

Six journalists were arrested, interrogated, and detained, being from four media outlets (Inter, Notre Voie, Le Temps, and Soir Info) that had, in their respective publications, alleged payment by the government to mutinous soldiers. The then-recent protests by soldiers for better pay started before the publications in question, and so they could not have triggered these protests.

Details of Occurrence

Country of OccurrenceCote d'Ivoire
Date of Occurrence12 Oct 2017
Security Agents InvolvedGendarmes
Legal FoundationsArticles 7 and 19 of the 2016 constitution.
Rights ImplicatedProtection from arbitrary arrest, and freedom of expression.
Actions Taken

The national Union of Media Professionals in Cote d’Ivoire (Syndicat National des Professionnels de la Presse de Côte d’Ivoire) (SYNAPPCI) demanded the journalists’ immediate release.

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