Nigeria, September 12, 2012--An Ivoirian government security detail assaulted a
journalist covering the eviction of a senior official's family on Friday,
seizing his equipment and leaving him bleeding and bruised, according to news
reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls on
authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.
A police officer, a
military soldier, and agents in plainclothes attacked Anderson Diédri, a reporter
for the private daily Le Nouveau Courrier, as he interviewed and photographed a woman and her five children as
they were being evicted from their home in Abidjan, according to local
journalists and news reports. The woman's husband, Albert Toikeusse Mabri,
the minister of planning and development, had
sought the eviction after filing for divorce in June.