Authorities in Benin arrested Casimir Kpédjo, editor of newspaper Nouvelle Economie, from his home in Cotonou over an article on Benin’s debt.
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 – 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.
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.
To welcome Benin’s new president, Patrice Talon, MFWA presents highlights in one of the critical areas that he must focus his attention on – enhancing and protecting the right of citizens to freely express themselves.
Police arrested two journalists for Canal 3 for filming a demonstration at the University of Abomey-Calavi. 17 students and one head of department were injured by tear gas and bullets fired by police.
A Court in Cotonou has sentenced Berthe Cakpossa, director of the privately-owned television channel Canal 3 Benin, to three months in prison with hard labour for airing a press conference in which a former government official alleged corrupt practices in President Yayi Boni’s government.
Benin’s state-run media regulator, the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication, has suspended the Canal 3 Sunday talk program Sous L’Arbre à Palabres for three months and suspended a debate segment on Actu Matin, a daily news program, for two weeks, according to local journalists and news reports.
Throughout December 2011, Benin’s state-run media regulatory agency summoned more than a dozen newspapers to public hearings and handed them sanctions ranging from a public apology to indefinite suspension, according to news reports.
The submission outlines areas where the country has failed to meet its legal obligations to protect freedom of expression.
The newspaper was accused of publishing “inflammatory articles and discourteous comments aimed at destroying the republic and damaging relations between Benin and the other members of the Conseil de l’Entente.”
The High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication faced criticism after releasing guidelines regarding the media’s coverage of upcoming elections.
A group of police officers slapped Séïdou Choubadé several times, while others beat him with clubs; the attack went on unabated despite the journalist showing them his press card.
The newspapers include “Le Clairon”, “Le Béninois”, “L’Engagement”, “Les Scoops du jour”, “L’Audace Info”, “La Suite”, “La Nouvelle Tribune”, “Actu Express” and “Le Béninois Libéré”.