Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 January 2009

Niger / Newspaper editor still held pending trial



Niger / Newspaper editor still held pending trial


NIAMEY, Niger, January 28, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Boussada Ben Ali, the managing editor of the independent weekly L’Action, was transferred to Niamey prison on 26 January after 72 hours in police custody and was brought yesterday before a prosecutor who postponed a hearing in his case on the grounds that he needed to verify the outcome of the appeal in a 2007 case involving him and a former government minister.


The current case is the result of a complaint by the finance minister accusing Ben Ali of “publishing false information” in an article about a trade deal between Niger and China. Ben Ali is to remain in detention until the trial.


In the 2007 case, Ben Ali appealed against the two-month suspended prison he received as a result of a libel suit by government minister Rhissa Ag Boula over an article about Boula’s alleged cooperation with the Niger Movement for Justice (MNJ), a Tuareg rebel group. Boula’s statements a year later about his support for the MNJ and his readiness to take up arms proved that Ben Ali was right.



SOURCE : Reporters without Borders (RSF)



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