Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 April 2009

Côte d’Ivoire / Judge frees Le Repère journalist but imposes heavy fine on him and his editor

 


 

Côte d’Ivoire / Judge frees Le Repère journalist but imposes heavy fine on him and his editor

 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, April 1, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Abidjan judge Koné Aissata yesterday ordered journalist Nanankoua Gnamanteh‘s release but fined him 20 millions CFA francs (30,000 euros) on a charge of insulting President Laurent Gbagbo. He had been facing a possible two-year prison sentence.

Opinion section editor and ombudsman at Le Réveil, a company that publishes the daily Le Nouveau Réveil and the weekly Le Repère, Gnamanteh was convicted for an article that appeared in Le Repère on 6 March under the headline “Ali Baba and his 40 thieves” together with a photo of President Gbagbo and several of his close associates.

The court imposed the same fine on Le Repère managing editor Eddy Péhé and suspended the newspaper for eight weeks.

Arrested on 19 March, Gnamanteh had appeared before the Abidjan-Plateau court for the first time on 24 March. 

 

SOURCE : Reporters without Borders (RSF)


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