Abuja, Nigeria, 03 6, 2017–Chadian domestic intelligence officials should cease harassing and trying to intimidate journalists, the Committee to guard Journalists said today. At least 2 journalists have gone into concealing following harassment from National Safety Agency (ANS) officers in latest weeks, and another was held and forced to apologize for their work.
“Harassment from Chadian National Security Agency officers has established such fear among the press that will journalists are going into hiding, inch said CPJ West Africa Consultant Peter Nkanga. “Authorities should make sure that all journalists, including Eric Kokinague and Malachie Mbaigara, are liberated to report without fear of reprisal. inch
Eric Kokinague, the particular publisher of the newspaper Tribune Info , which posts three times a month, went into hiding upon February 25 after receiving a caution that armed and masked ANS officers were at his home looking for him, he told CPJ by phone from an undisclosed location.
Kokinague informed CPJ that the agents searched the home and demanded from his spouse his phone and laptop, which usually she did not have, and that they still left having confiscated only copies from the newspaper’s past editions. Kokinague stated that he fears for his lifestyle and that he believes the ANS is seeking to punish him to have an article in the February 22-28 version of the newspaper, in which contributor Daniel Ngadjadoum wrote an article calling Chief executive Idriss Deby a liar intended for going back on his promises not to operate for office again. Deby has been reelected for a fifth term within 2016, following a constitution amendment that will allowed him to run again.
ANS officers detained Ngadjadoum on February 26, as he still left church, and released him upon March 1, after a state prosecutor ordered him released without charge, based on media reviews . Ngadjadoum told Agence France-Presse that he wrote an apology notice to the government under threat through General Ismat Acheik, the director-general of the ANS, who questioned your pet about his writing on Deby, the reports said.
Malachie Mbaigara, the publisher from the weekly Mutations newspaper, also went into concealing after ANS officers detained your pet from his office in the funds N’Djamena on February 21 plus held him for several hours associated with questioning, according to media reports plus Belngar Larme, the president from the Union of Chadian Journalists. The particular officers questioned him over the paper’s pledge in a previous edition to create the names of journalists on the payroll of the domestic intelligence agency, the particular reports said. Larme told CPJ that Mbaigara did not publish what they are called after his meeting with ANS officials.
General Ismat Acheik, the director general of the ANS, refused to speak with CPJ whenever reached by telephone. Madeleine Alingue, minister of communications, told CPJ that she was unable to opinion.