Off white Coast detains six journalists meant for reporting on mutiny

Off white Coast detains six journalists meant for reporting on mutiny

This posting is an important update by the Committee to protect journalists and the freedom of the press worldwide:

A sign for Adiake stands by an empty road within the Ivory Coast. Six journalists encounter charges of spreading false information for reporting on a settlement attained to end a military mutiny within the town. (Reuters/Luc Gnago)

Police in the Ivory Coastline on February 12, 2017, held Vamara Coulibaly, the publisher from the independent Soir Details and L’Inter newspapers; Hamadou Ziao, editor-in-chief of L’Inter ; Jean Bé de Gnago, a journalist with Soir info ; Bamba Franck Mamadou, the publisher from the pro-opposition newspaper Notre Voie ; Yacouba Gbané, the particular publisher of the pro-opposition newspapers Le Temps and LG Information ; and Ferdinand Bailly, the journalist with The Temps , for reporting which the government had negotiated a settlement to finish a military mutiny in the southeastern city of Adiake on February seven, according to media reports .

The 6 journalists were detained for forty eight hours at a police camp within the economic capital Abidjan and asked for posting reports that the govt had reached an agreement to pay seventeen million West African francs (US $27, 370) and other forms of payment to each of the mutinying soldiers, based on media reviews .

Christophe Rich Adou, a state public prosecutor, stated the journalists were “spreading fake information in a bid to motivate soldiers to revolt, ” mass media reports mentioned . The journalists appeared just before a judge on February fourteen and released the same day impending trial on charges of growing false news, endangering the security from the state, and incitement to revolt, according to media reports .

Off white Coast’s national press union, Synapp-CI, condemned the arrests. Guillaume Gbato, the union’s secretary general, stated the information in the newspapers’ reports had been sourced and verified, according to press reports .

The Ivory Coastline has in recent weeks noticed soldiers mutiny to demand increased wages and bonuses in a few areas, according to media reports . Mutinous soldiers upon January 7 for hours held hostage some 20 journalists, Defense Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Alain-Richard Donwahi, and other government authorities in a bid to force discussions with the government, according to media reports .

EDITOR’S TAKE NOTE: This text continues to be updated to correct the currency from the reported settlement with soldiers within Adiake to West African francs.

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