A complaint by a powerful senior official in Gabon’s government has led to the suspension of two publications in the country.
RSF is asking Gabonese authorities to allow for the free flow of news and information and to give journalists the freedom to work amid the turmoil following a coup attempt earlier this week.
The High Authority for Communication in Gabon has suspended the newspaper L’Aube for 3 months and banned its editor from working for 6 months over an article about President Ali Bongo’s health.
The Gabon High Authority for Communication (HAC) suspended Media+ TV for a month following its refusal to allow an inspection by HAC.
La Loupe and L’Aube, two outspoken opposition weeklies owned by the same publisher, have announced that they are suspending publication until further notice because their latest issues were suppressed and replaced by fake issues supporting the government.
Reporters Without Borders gave Gabon recommendations on its current broadcasting, cinematographic and print media law after the Gabonese government told the organization that it wanted to modernize its media legislation.
Journalist Olivier Ndembi was interrogated regarding his research into the alleged involvement of Gabonese politicians in ritual killings.
Unidentified gunmen stormed a private television station, TV+, owned by Gabon’s main opposition leader, and burned down its transmitters.
CPJ condemned the suspension of Gabonese papers “Ezombolo” and “La Une” as acts of censorship and intimidation designed to silence criticism of public officials.
Two of the journalists have fled the country fearing arrest after being summoned by police for interrogation.
The state-run National Communication Council announced on national public television the suspension of Obame-owned broadcaster TV+ for three months and the private weekly “Echos Du Nord” for two months.
Jean-Yves Ntoutoume was released after paying the remaining balance of a fine.
Jean-Yves Ntoutoume was arrested for not paying the entire amount of an excessive fine, in relation to a defamation case.