(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is concerned by the sentencing of two journalists to
three-month prison terms. According to RSF's information, on 28 December
1998, Harry Rahajason and Christian Chatefaux, journalist and
editor-in-chief, respectively, of the newspaper "L'Express de Madagascar"
were sentenced to three months in prison. Rahajason was found guilty of
contempt of court, further to a complaint filed by M. Ralantomahefa, public
prosecutor of the Antsirabé republic at the time of the case. The journalist
was accused of having insulted the magistrate in a June 1997 article. As for
Chatefaux, he was sentenced for having delayed the publication of the
plaintiff's right to a response for too long a period.
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and reminding him that , in a 14 July 1992 document, the United Nations
Commission on Human Rights underlined that as a sanction for expressing
one's opinion, detention constitutes one of the most reprehensible means of
imposing silence, and, as such, a serious violation of human rights
will allow these journalists to remain free
Monsieur Didier Ratsiraka
Président de la République
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