Reporters Without Borders expresses concern at arrests and attacks on journalists in Abidjan

first_img News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Organisation Receive email alerts News News Reports to go further ———————— Radio France International, the BBC and Africa n°1 were back on air on30 March but the authorities gave no explanationfor the interruptions.However a spokesman at Radio France Internationalsaid it was “very likely deliberate” because of the “tense situation” in Abidjan during demonstrationsheld by opposition parties.————————- March 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders expresses concern at arrests and attacks on journalists in Abidjan Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential electioncenter_img RSF_en Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Three journalists were arrested and another beaten by police during demonstrations in Abidjan in support of the Linas-Marcoussis accords. Reporters Without Borders urged Laurent Gbagbo to call to order security forces responsible for policing opposition demonstrations. Côte d’IvoireAfrica Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has urged Laurent Gbabgo to call to order members of the security forces responsible for policing opposition demonstrations after three journalists were arrested and a fourth beaten by police.Journalist Al Séni and photographers, Messmer Agbola, and Kady Sidibé, working for the opposition daily Le Patriote, were arrested and later released covering demonstrations in support of the Linas-Marcoussis accords on 25 March in Abidjan.A few hours beforehand, members of the security forces beat up Willy Aka, photographer for the independent daily L’Intelligent d’Abidjan and destroyed his equipment.”The four journalists were covering demonstrations organised by the opposition and banned by Laurent Gbagbo. The police made no distinction between them and the demonstrators,” the international press freedom organisation said.”It is a very disturbing situation that threatens all the media, already destabilised by a year of political and military crisis. The authorities should ensure that people’s right to be informed is respected. We call on Laurent Gbagbo to do everything in his power so that the security forces allow journalists to work freely and safely, despite the political problems shaking the country and particularly the capital, Abidjan for several days.”Elsewhere on the same day, three international radios, Radio-France Internationale, the BBC and Africa n°1, stopped broadcasting from the capital. The reasons are still unclear and it was not possible to check with the company that relays the broadcasts if there was a technical explanation.Shortly after the current crisis began, in September 2002, the three stations went off the country’s airwaves for several weeks. October 29, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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