Four journalists are convicted for their reports on sexual assault allegations at the country’s public broadcaster.
If convicted of spreading false news online, Comoros journalist Oubeidillah Mchangama faces up to 3 years in prison and a fine.
Two senior journalists – news director Binti Mhadjou and editor in chief Moinadjoumoi Papa Ali – at the Comoros public radio and television broadcasting station, have been suspended for their coverage of a recent strike.
Journalists in the Comoros are being censored and intimidated amid a continuing political crisis in the wake of the country’s presidential election on 24 March.
Abdallah Abdou Hassane and Oubeidillah Mchangama, two journalists working for critical online news outlet FCBK FM, were arrested and are facing multiple charges. They have pleaded not guilty.
Ahmed Abdul Khaleq is currently being held in Abu Dhabi’s Al-Wathba prison, but is due to be deported to Comoros under a 2009 agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the Indian Ocean island nation.
“Any state media journalist who wants the freedom to write or speak has to conform to the government line, or have the intellectual honesty to work elsewhere, for a privately-owned news outlet,” the minister said.
Editors Ali Moindjié and Hadji Hassanali could face up to six months in prison if convicted.
(RSF/IFEX) – The following is an abridged version of a 13 December 2007 RSF press release: Journalist goes into hiding after escaping arrest by Anjouan security forces RSF has expressed concerns about the safety of journalist Kamal Ali Yahoudha, head of the Anjouan branch of the Comoros Islands national broadcaster (Office de radio et télévision […]
Broadcast journalists prevented from travelling to separatist island; one detained briefly for questioning
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is a 3 August 2007 CPJ press release: In Comoros, government targets critical TV station New York, August 3, 2007 – Journalists in Africa’s Comoros islands say they were prevented from traveling to the separatist island of Anjouan to cover Independence Day celebrations Friday. Local reporters say travel agencies refused to […]
(RSF/IFEX) – Reporters Without Borders has “protested energetically” against the mistreatment of reporter Elarifou Minihadji of Radio Ngazidja, a state-owned radio station on the island of Grande Comore, during the three days he was held by gendarmes on the breakaway island of Anjouan. Arrested on 24 June 2007 while covering a demonstration at Anjouan’s airport, […]
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is a 9 May 2006 CPJ press release: COMOROS: Radio stations attacked ahead of general election New York, May 9, 2006 – The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by attacks on radio stations in the Comoros in the run-up to May 14 federal elections in the Indian Ocean state. Unidentified […]
(RSF/IFEX) – The following is an abridged translation of a 27 March 2006 RSF alert: Reporters sans frontières has condemned the 54-hour detention of Aboubacar Mchangama, editor-in-chief of the private weekly ” L’Archipel” by the Moroni police force, arrested for publishing two articles expressing dissatisfaction within the army. Aboubacar Mchangama, president of the Comorian Print […]