Journalist detained by Mali state security over document

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.