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October 2, 2014

Senegal: ARTICLE 19 publishes report on access to information in fight against Fistula

On Right to Know Day, September 28, ARTICLE 19 published a study on access to information in the fight against obstetric fistula in Tambacounda, South eastern region of Senegal, and called on the authorities to adopt a law on access to information and improve access to information on women’s reproductive health. Access to information is mentioned in the Senegalese Constitution but there is no specific legislation to ensure the right in practice. To promote access to information, ARTICLE 19 has... MORE
July 20, 2011

Senegal: Walfadjri media group hounded as President Wade resists pressure to go

There has been a sharp decline in relations between the government and the media in Senegal amid a wave of protests against President Abdoulaye Wade, who announced on July 14 in Dakar that he planned to “keep hold of the helm come hell or high water.” Harassment of the Walfadjri media group has intensified in the past month or so. Four journalists with the daily Walfadjri l’Aurore were summoned to the Department of Criminal Investigations (DIC) on July 13 over a long article critical of the... MORE
April 15, 2011

Senegal: Another heavy fine and suspended jail sentence for investigative journalist

A Dakar court Thursday gave Abdou Latif Coulibaly , the editor of the weekly La Gazette , a three-month suspended jail sentenced and fined him 10 million CFA francs (15,267 euros) for allegedly defaming a Senegalese businessman close to President Wade by accusing him of acting fraudulently in his dealings with the government. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) condemned the way the Senegalese authorities and several leading figures close to the government are... MORE
November 18, 2010

Senegal: Unfair libel trial ends in heavy fine, suspended jail sentence

Abdou Latif Coulibaly, one of Senegal’s most prominent journalists and writers, and two of the journalists who work with him on his weekly newspaper, La Gazette , have been fined 20 million CFA francs (30,000 euros) and given one-month suspended jail sentences in a libel case about alleged kickbacks in the allocation of a mobile phone licence. The much-awaited sentence – issued on November 16, two months after the libel suit was the subject of much publicized hearing on September 14 – again... MORE
August 31, 2010

Newspaper editor in Senegal gets six months in prison for defaming president's chief of staff

A six-month jail sentence has been imposed by a Dakar court on Abdourahmane Diallo, the editor of the Express News daily, for defaming President Abdoulaye Wade's chief of staff, Pape Samba Mboup. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Diallo, who was tried in absentia , but he has not yet been detained. The Dakar criminal court that had tried Diallo in absentia finally issued its verdict on August 26, after two postponements. It imposed a six-month jail term on the editor, together with a... MORE