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February 11, 2011

Côte d’Ivoire: Media freedom set back 20 years

Laurent Gbagbo’s government in Côte d’Ivoire has launched a crackdown on the media, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The leadership of the National Press Council (CNP), which regulates the print media, has just been replaced by Gbagbo’s supporters. The UN radio station, Onuci FM, has had its permit withdrawn. And many journalists are still exposed to the threat of violence. “Laurent Gbagbo’s government has just taken over the CNP, a regulatory body... MORE
February 1, 2011

Two reporters for northern TV station arrested as “rebels” on arrival in Abidjan

Two journalists employed by Télévision Notre Patrie (TVNP) – a pirate TV station based in the northern city of Bouaké that supports the former rebel New Force – were arrested on their arrival in Abidjan on January 28, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The two journalists – Sanogo Aboubakar, aka Abou Sanogo, and Kangbé Yayoro Charles Lopez, aka Gnahoré Charly – had wanted to do a series of reports at the Golf Hotel, where presidential contender... MORE
January 29, 2011

Two journalists flee Côte d'Ivoire after receiving death threats

A pro-Gbagbo Notre Voie newspaper correspondent in Korhogo, a town located about 600km north of Abidjan, fled the town after persistent threats against his life by New Forces, an armed group in Côte d'Ivoire supporting Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized president of the country. The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent in Côte d'Ivoire reported that Silué Kanigui fled on through Burkina Faso and Ghana and is now in Abidjan. Kanigui told the MFWA correspondent... MORE
January 14, 2011

Climate of fear prevents journalists from working freely in Côte d’Ivoire

Acts of intimidation and violence against journalists continue in Côte d’Ivoire, as the political crisis resulting from the November 28 presidential election drags on with no sign of a resolution in sight, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “We deplore the climate of fear in Abidjan for journalists trying to cover developments,” RSF secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “The continuing struggle between Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo, the... MORE
December 30, 2010

Côte d’Ivoire: State TV signal no longer being carried by Intelsat

La Première, the leading TV channel of Côte d’Ivoire’s state-owned broadcaster Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI), has since December 24 not been available in France or in neighbouring African countries, where it is normally carried by the Canal + Horizon satellite service, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). It would seem this is because its signal has been suspended or is being jammed. RTI is usually transmitted by Intelsat 903 (a satellite operated by... MORE
December 19, 2010

Côte d’Ivoire: Local and international media hit by battle between rival camps for control of news

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has expressed concern over the consequences for journalists of the fight for control of state television and the media in general being waged by the supporters of Laurent Gbagbo and the ones of Alassane Ouattara. “We are very worried about the situation in Côte d’Ivoire,” RSF said in a statement. “The violent dispersal of yesterday’s demonstration unfortunately caused casualties and we hope that any resumption of hostilities does... MORE
December 6, 2010

Ivorian media fuel anti-French hostility

A climate of hostility towards the French news media is being encouraged by Côte d’Ivoire’s state-owned radio and TV stations and certain privately-owned newspapers in Abidjan that support President Laurent Gbagbo, such as Le Temps and Notre Voie , Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. “Our priority is respect for the safety of journalists,” RSF secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “We are very disturbed that the national radio and TV have named... MORE
December 5, 2010

Election in dispute, Ivory Coast bans news broadcasts

Ivorian authorities imposed Thursday a ban on France-based news broadcasters covering the contested presidential election, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. The National Council of Audiovisual Communication (CNCA) ordered the local affiliate of France-based satellite television operator Canal+ to suspend all international news channels offered on subscription-based packages, according to news reports and local journalists. Canal+ Cote d'Ivoire, the local... MORE
October 5, 2010

Ivorian Prime Minister calls for fair access to public media for presidential candidates

Ivorian authorities have expressed the determination to ensure that all candidates in this month’s presidential election have fair access to the public media during the campaign. Prime Minister Guillaume Soro stressed this point at a meeting with state media executives and media regulatory officials four days ago, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “The success of this presidential election, due to be held on 31 October after several years of delays,... MORE
August 4, 2010

Reporter gets one year in jail on defamation and extortion charges in Côte d’Ivoire

A one-year jail sentence and fine of 5 million CFA francs has been slapped by an Abidjan criminal court on Traoré Médandjé, a leading reporter for the daily L'Intelligent d'Abidjan , on charges of defaming and trying to blackmail a former health ministry official. The case was prompted by an article headlined “Vavoua's illegal boutique clinics,” published on September 4, 2009, in which Médjandé accused then departmental director of health André Tia of getting rich by setting up many illegal... MORE