Journalist convicted of defamation paroled

July 18, 2006
Original Alert: July 5, 2006
Moustapha Sow, L’Office

Sow, imprisoned for allegedly defaming a local businessman, was granted parole on July 14 after his lawyer filed an appeal.

Sow, managing editor of the Dakar-based private newspaper L’Office, had been jailed on June 29.

He was convicted of criminal defamation and sentenced to six months in prison on February 10. An arrest warrant was issued in February but was not carried out until June.