In Benin, journalists are released after 2 months in prison
February 9, 2007 12:00 PM ET
New York, February 9, 2007—An appeals court in the capital Cotonou released today two journalists of a private daily newspaper after they publicly retracted a rape story. They were jailed since December 2, 2006 on a six-month criminal libel sentence.
Director Clément Adéchian and reporter Cécil Adjévi of L’Informateur were released after agreeing to an out-of-court settlement with plaintiff Maxime Bankolé over an August 29, 2006 story alleging that Bankolé, a court bailiff, had raped a widow, acting Director Franck Pocheme told CPJ. Bankolé withdrew his complaint after the journalists made public apologies in the media and signed an agreement to pay him 5 million CFA francs (US$10,000) in damages, Adéchian later told CPJ.
Adéchian and Adjévi had been sentenced by a lower court to six months in prison, fined 500,000 CFA francs (US$1,000), and jailed the same day. Appeals do not suspend the execution of sentences under the laws of Benin, lawyer Charles Badou told CPJ. A draft law to ban prison sentences for press offenses is tabled for discussion before parliament, he said.
Benin TV station censored amid presidential pressure
December 7, 2012 5:03 PM ET
Abuja, December 7, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns censorship of Beninese private television station Canal 3 and defamation charges against its director for coverage of a corruption scandal involving aides of President Boni Yayi, who appears to have pressured the media regulator into taking action against the station....
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