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Benin appeals court shortens journalist Ignace Sossou’s jail term

May 19, 2020 1:45 PM ET

New York, May 19, 2020 -- In response to today’s decision by a Beninese appeals court to shorten journalist Ignace Sossou’s sentence to six months’ imprisonment and a six-month suspended sentence, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:...

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CPJ, partners call for release of Beninese journalist Ignace Sossou on appeal

April 27, 2020 10:14 AM ET

New York, April 27, 2020—Today the group of undersigned organizations called on authorities in Benin to immediately release imprisoned journalist Ignace Sossou on appeal and ensure that he does not continue to face undue risk of coronavirus exposure in ongoing detention....

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CPJ, 80 media and rights groups urge African heads of state to release jailed journalists

April 6, 2020 2:14 PM ET

CPJ and 80 media, press freedom, and human rights organizations write to African heads of state to call on their respective governments to release all jailed journalists amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Benin authorities arrest journalist Ignace Sossou, question him about Facebook posts

December 23, 2019 5:47 PM ET

Vancouver, Canada, December 23, 2019 -- Authorities in Benin should immediately release and halt efforts to intimidate journalist Ignace Sossou and drop any charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist Ignace Sossou convicted of false news in Benin

August 23, 2019 4:32 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2019--The government of Benin should act to decriminalize press offenses, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, after journalist Ignace Sossou was convicted of false news for reporting on corporate finances....

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Journalist Casimir Kpedjo detained, facing false news accusations in Benin

April 30, 2019 3:55 PM ET

Goma, Congo, April 30, 2019 -- Beninese authorities should drop their investigation into Casimir Kpedjo, editor of the privately owned daily Nouvelle Economie, and allow him to report and publish news without fear of harassment or being jailed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Benin newspaper suspended over its critical reporting of the president

September 5, 2018 10:35 AM ET

Goma, September 5, 2018--Authorities in Benin should immediately reverse an order to suspend indefinitely the privately owned daily, La Nouvelle Tribune, and allow it to continue operating without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Benin suspends local paper for insulting president

February 20, 2018 5:29 PM ET

Benin's media regulator, the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC), ordered the privately owned daily L'Audace Info on February 8, 2018 to suspend indefinitely its print and online editions after it allegedly insulted the president, the paper's editor, Romuald Alingo, told CPJ....

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Benin media regulator threatens to prosecute online outlets over registration

January 24, 2018 2:58 PM ET

Benin's media regulator, the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC), on December 21, 2017, threatened to shut down online publications that did not have authorization to distribute content, according to an HAAC press statement and the news website Beninwebtv....

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Court fines Benin media regulator for wrongfully closing broadcaster

June 2, 2017 4:07 PM ET

A court in Benin on May 22, 2017, ordered the reopening of Sikka TV, which the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC by its French acronym), the state's broadcast regulator, had ordered closed in November 2016, according to media reports. The court also ordered HAAC to pay 50 million...

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