Central African Republic


Case   |   Central African Republic

Newspaper publisher pardoned after serving 43 days of 6-month prison term


FEBRUARY 23, 2008
Posted March 14, 2008
Original alert: January 29, 2008

Faustin Bambou, Les Collines de l'Oubangui


Director Faustin Bambou of the private biweekly Les Collines de l'Oubangui was released from prison on a partial presidential pardon, according to news reports and local journalists. 

Bambou told CPJ he contracted the flu and malaria while sharing a cell with six or seven cellmates. He was serving a six-month prison sentence on charges of incitement to revolt over a story alleging a high-profile political scandal.

February 23, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Central African Republic

CAR editor sentenced to jail for defamation

New York, January 29, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Monday’s six-month prison sentence given by the Bangui Magistrates’ Court to the editorial director of a private weekly in the Central African Republic. The editor of Les Collines de l’Oubangui, Faustin Bambou, was found guilty of inciting revolt, abuse, and defamation.
January 29, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Central African Republic

CAR journalist imprisoned over corruption editorial

New York, January 15, 2008—A court in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, today sent the director of a private newspaper to prison to await trial on criminal charges in connection with an editorial about a political scandal.

Faustin Bambou of the biweekly Les Collines de l’Oubangui was transferred to Bangui’s main Ngaraba prison after his arraignment on charges of “incitement to disturbances against law and order and revolt against public institutions”—a criminal offense carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison under the penal code, according to defense lawyer Mathias Barthélemy Morouba.

January 15, 2008 12:00 PM ET
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