Managing Editor of the Independent Observer, arrested.

Managing Editor of the Independent Observer, arrested.

07 Dec 2018, by Database Manager in CS Database

Incidents & Issues

Jonathan Leigh, managing editor of the Independent Observer, was arrested on accusations of publishing false information. According to news reports and local journalists with whom CPJ spoke with, Leigh is accused of publishing false information over a front-page article published Thursday under the headline: “Panic in Kono: 3 dead.” The article was about reports of political violence ahead of local by-elections taking place Saturday

Details of Occurrence

Country of OccurrenceBenin Republic
Date of Occurrence17 Dec 2017
Security Agents InvolvedThe Police Force
Legal FoundationsArticle 25 of the 1991 constitution
Rights ImplicatedThe arrest undermines the freedom of the press


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