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April 14, 2011

Côte d’Ivoire: The “whole truth” will be told of 2004 disappearance of Guy-André Kieffer

Côte d’Ivoire’s ambassador in Paris, Ally Coulibaly, has promised the family of vanished French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer that “the whole truth” will be told about his disappearance in Abidjan seven years ago. The diplomat received Kieffer’s wife Osange Silou-Kieffer and daughter Canelle, in Paris Wednesday — along with Aline Richard, president of the Association Vérité pour Guy-André Kieffer, and two representatives of Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF... MORE
March 31, 2011

Côte d’Ivoire: Gbagbo camp to block access to independent and opposition websites

The Côte d’Ivoire Telecommunications Agency (ATCI) announced in a directive dated March 24 that it intends to block access to several independent and anti-Gbagbo websites. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has obtained a copy of the directive and is distributing it. “Internet operators and service providers are prohibiting access from within Côte d’Ivoire to the following websites: , , , www... MORE
March 29, 2011

In Ivory Coast, Gbabgo and Ouattara camps attack press

New York-based press freedom group The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned ongoing attacks, threats, and intimidation against journalists and news outlets covering the bloody political standoff in Ivory Coast. The government and supporters of incumbent ruler Laurent Gbagbo have been targeting newspapers critical of Gbagbo while rebel fighters backing his UN-backed rival Alassane Ouattara have also harassed journalists. "We are alarmed by the growing number of attacks, threats,... MORE
March 15, 2011

Gbagbo forces block pro-Ouattara papers in Ivory Coast

Security forces loyal to Ivorian ruler Laurent Gbagbo blocked distribution on Friday of pro-opposition newspapers reporting on the African Union's decision to confirm its recognition of rival Alassane Ouattara as president. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the obstruction and called on authorities to halt further censorship. Before dawn on Friday morning, agents loyal to Ggabgo raided the facilities of the country's sole newspaper distributor, a local affiliate of France-based... MORE
March 13, 2011

No newspapers on sale in Côte d’Ivoir as a result of political crisis

No newspapers were distributed Friday in Côte d’Ivoire, where the protracted political impasse is creating an extremely grave if not impossible situation for journalists and news media. As the country seems to head steadily towards civil war, with casualties every day, journalists are being exposed to threats, arrests and reprisals, and often have to risk lives to report in some neighbourhoods, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Members of the Defence... MORE
March 6, 2011

Pro-Ouattara newspapers stop publishing in protest against "serious threats to free press"

The group of nine newspapers supporting Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised President of Cote d'Ivoire, began an indefinite suspension of their publications on March 1 to protest against constant harassment and intimidation by pro-Gbagbo forces. The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent reported that what prompted the action of the newspapers was the suspension of six newspapers by the print media regulatory body, the National Press Council (CNP), which was... MORE
March 6, 2011

Ivory Coast political camps target rival media outlets

Supporters behind incumbent Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and rival Alassane Ouattara are targeting rival partisan media oulets and their journalists in an increasingly bloody struggle for power, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. On Monday, Marcel Legré , a printing press employee of La Refondation, publisher of the pro-Gbagbo daily Notre Voie , was killed by a mob in the the suburb of Koumassi in the economic capital Abidjan, according to... MORE
March 3, 2011

Printer violently killed by suspected pro-Ouattara militants

Marcel Legré , a machine operator at La Refondation Printing Press, printers of Notre Voie , a pro-Gbagbo newspaper, was in the afternoon of February 28 violently killed by alleged pro-Ouattara militants during an armed confrontation in the town of Koumassi, in the centre of the country. The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent reported that machete-wielding militants from the Rally of Houphouétistes for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) stormed Legré's home after he returned from a... MORE
February 25, 2011

Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian media’s slow death

The climate for the media has been continuously deteriorating in Côte d’Ivoire. Harassed, threatened and exposed to physical violence, journalists are now finding it virtually impossible to work freely, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). It urged civil society and the two rival camps led by Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara to respect freedom of expression and the right to news and information. All journalists, without exception, are the victims of... MORE
February 20, 2011

In Ivory Coast, police harass pro-Ouattara editors

Ivorian police in the economic capital, Abidjan, interrogated and issued summonses for questioning last week for editors of newspapers favourable to former presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara, according to local journalists. The UN has recognised Ouattara as the president-elect since disputed November 2010 runoff elections against President Laurent Gbagbo. Police and an assistant prosecutor questioned Editor Jacob Kessi of Nord-Sud , and Le Nouveau Réveil Editor Patrice Yao and reporter... MORE