Journalist granted provisional release

first_img April 29, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist granted provisional release News Help by sharing this information to go further News News BeninAfrica November 11, 2020 Find out more Reporters without borders applauds the provisional release of Jean-BaptisteHounkonnou, publication director of the independent daily “Le Nouvel Essor”,one and a half months after his imprisonment.”This is a laudable decision for the Beninese government, as this incidenthad quite clearly tarnished the reputation of a country that hastraditionally been respectful of journalists’ work,” the organisation said.On 16 March 2004, Hounkonnou was sent to Parakou prison, in the easterncentral region of Benin, after receiving a six-month sentence for”defamation”. He was charged with publishing an article, in December 2003,in which a woman was accused of adultery. The decision was not only indirect opposition to United Nations recommendations condemning thepunishment of press infractions with prison terms, but was particularlydisturbing coming from a country that has long been a model example of freeexpression in Western Africa. In fact, there have been no instances ofjournalists being detained since General Mathieu Kérékou’s return to powerin 1996. RSF_en November 7, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Receive email alerts Op-ed urges Benin to end Digital Law threat to journalism Follow the news on Benin Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Organisation May 4, 2021 Find out more BeninAfrica Benin urged to implement findings of Working Group on Arbitrary Detentionlast_img

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