Journalist detained by Mali state security over document

May 14, 2012 12:24 PM ET

On May 12, 2012, intelligence agents in the capital Bamako summoned editor Biram Fall of the private biweekly Le Prétoire for interrogation, according to local news reports and Agence France-Presse.

Fall reported to the headquarters of State Security, Mali's intelligence agency, and was interrogated for six and one-half hours by three senior security officers, who accused him of possessing a confidential document, allegedly leaked by a former government official, which threatened national security, the journalist later told CPJ.

The document detailed the alleged existence of a mass grave dug up by leaders of the March 22, 2012 coup which ousted former President Amadou Toumani Touré. Fall told CPJ he had not published a story on the allegations because his early investigations could not confirm them. He was released without charge.

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