Posted September 8, 2005

Laïssou Bagamala, freelance


Authorities in the capital N’Djamena jailed Bagamala, a former journalist for the private weekly L’Observateur, for three days in connection with an article published in the newspaper about a local property dispute, according to CPJ sources. Bagamala was accused of defamation but it is unclear if he was charged. Local journalists described his detention as riddled with procedural errors.

The arrest occurred during government crackdown on the independent press in Chad. When Bagamala was detained, four other independent journalists were serving jail terms of three months to three years in prison in connection with their work.