In separate incidents Benin’s media regulator has indefinitely suspended the operations of ‘La Gazette du Golfe’, while ‘Radio Oméga’ in Burkina Faso is off the air.
Aziz Imorou was detained after he published a Facebook article in which he reported an alleged act of aggression against himself by a bodyguard of a government official.
Benin’s media regulator has been criticised for a directive ordering the closure of non-compliant online media outlets.
The Media Foundation for West Africa and 15 partner organisations have written to the ACHPR Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information to intervene in the case of imprisoned Beninese journalist Ignace Sossou.
More than 120 media outlets and West African journalists have signed on to an op-ed calling for the release of Beninois journalist Ignace Sossou, detained for over two months.
Fingering a French businessman for alleged tax evasion has resulted in Beninese journalist Ignace Sossou receiving a suspended one-month prison sentence and a fine of 550,000 CFA francs (US$850).
In an intensified crackdown on freedom of expression and media freedom in Benin, 2 protestors were killed, a journalist arrested and detained and the internet temporarily shutdown.
Authorities in Benin arrested Casimir Kpédjo, editor of newspaper Nouvelle Economie, from his home in Cotonou over an article on Benin’s debt.
Benin’s High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC) has shut down La Nouvelle Tribune – one of the country’s most popular pro-opposition newspapers.
Léhady Soglo – the mayor of Benin’s economic capital Cotonou – has sued the publication director of Nord Sud Quotidien for defamation. Soglo is claiming 50 million CFA Francs (about USD $85,000) in compensation.
Three of seven privately-owned broadcasters shut down in Benin last November have been permitted to resume operations. The outlets involved are Soleil FM, Eden TV and E-Télé.
To welcome Benin’s new president, Patrice Talon, MFWA presents highlights in one of the critical areas that he must focus his attention on – enhancing and protecting the right of citizens to freely express themselves.
Police arrested two journalists for Canal 3 for filming a demonstration at the University of Abomey-Calavi. 17 students and one head of department were injured by tear gas and bullets fired by police.
A Court in Cotonou has sentenced Berthe Cakpossa, director of the privately-owned television channel Canal 3 Benin, to three months in prison with hard labour for airing a press conference in which a former government official alleged corrupt practices in President Yayi Boni’s government.