Benin authorities arrest editor over article
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A man reads newspaper headlines in the streets of Cotonou, Benin, on 1 July 2015, ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

Benin’s High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC) has shut down La Nouvelle Tribune – one of the country’s most popular pro-opposition newspapers.

Léhady Soglo, mayor of Cotonou, MFWA

Léhady Soglo – the mayor of Benin’s economic capital Cotonou – has sued the publication director of Nord Sud Quotidien for defamation. Soglo is claiming 50 million CFA Francs (about USD $85,000) in compensation.

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Three of seven privately-owned broadcasters shut down in Benin last November have been permitted to resume operations. The outlets involved are Soleil FM, Eden TV and E-Télé.