Opposition Member of Parliament Alain Lobognon has been sentenced to one year in prison for his Twitter post in what is being regarded as a political power ploy.
The MFWA and its national partner organisations in West Africa have welcomed the decision of the Ivorian government to withdraw the controversial press bill, sections of which sought to criminalise speech.
Côte d’Ivoire’s new media bill has the potential to be exploited by politicians and influential people to settle scores with critical journalists, and encourage self-censorship.
The six journalists still face charges of “undermining state security and inciting soldiers to acts of insubordination and rebellion.”
A group of angry youth attacked the home of the regional correspondent of an Ivorian independent daily, Soir Info, in Dabou. The assailants accused the journalist of filing reports that portrayed their community as a town still in turmoil.
All political actors in Cote d’Ivoire should make a commitment to peaceful elections, 15 Ivorian and international organizations said several days before the first round of presidential elections. The groups expressed their concern over the treatment of a number of opposition activists detained over their involvement in unauthorized protests.
A statement issued The Conseil National de la Presse (CNP) accused Le Monde d’ Abidjan of “publishing insults to an extreme gravity” against the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, in its 29 January issue. This is the fifth newspaper that the CNP has sanctioned this year.
Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the climate of intimidation for Ivorian journalists after Tomorrow Magazine editor Désiré Oué’s murder on 14 November and Le Nouveau Réveil reporter Dieusmonde Tadé’s overnight abduction four days later.
Ousmane Sy Savané was released provisionally on World Press Freedom Day, after being held for just over 13 months on a charge of endangering state security.
Côte d’Ivoire’s statutory press regulatory body has suspended Prestige Mag, a privately-owned weekly magazine, for eight editions, accusing it of publishing offensive articles.
The head office of the Ivorian media group Nord Sud Communication, publishers of the pro-government daily Nord-Sud, was burgled in the early hours of 7 November 2012.
On 17 September, 2012, Côte d’Ivoire’s statutory press regulatory body – The National Press Council (CNP) – lifted suspension sanctions it had imposed on six privately-owned pro-Gbagbo newspapers. The suspensions had been enforced after the media outlets jointly republished an article that was originally published by Notre Voie, also a pro-Gbagbo daily.
An Ivoirian government security detail assaulted a journalist covering the eviction of a senior official’s family, seizing his equipment and leaving him bleeding and bruised.