Chad / 2005

Radio director freed but faces expulsion from country

November 30, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 30, 2005—Chadian authorities freed community radio director Tchanguis Vatankah on Tuesday after improperly holding the journalist in detention for more than two months. Vatankah, whose station is known for critical reporting and commentary, still faces a government expulsion order and has been ordered not to speak to...

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CHAD

October 17, 2005 12:00 AM ET

JULY 18, 2005 Updated: October 17, 2005 Garondé Djarma, freelance IMPRISONED, LEGAL ACTION Djarma, a freelance journalist and commentator who contributes frequently to local publications, was sentenced to three years in prison and one million CFA francs (about U.S. $1,764) in fines for defaming the president and "inciting hatred."...

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CPJ Update

October 17, 2005 12:00 AM ET

CPJ Update October 17, 2005 News from the Committee to Protect Journalists Return to front page | See previous Updates...

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CPJ voices concerns in meeting with Chad ambassador

October 3, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Washington, October 3, 2005—After meeting today with a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists, a top Chadian diplomat promised to convey concerns over press freedom violations in Chad to his country's president, Idriss Déby. In a session with Mahamoud Adam Bechir, Chad's ambassador to the United States, CPJ...

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Three journalists freed; another ordered expelled

September 26, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of three jailed journalists today in Chad. Garondé Djarma, Michaël Didama, and Sy Koumbo Singa Gali had been sentenced in July and August to prison terms ranging from six months to three years on charges related to their...

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CHAD

September 25, 2005 12:00 PM ET

SEPTEMBER 25, 2005 Posted October 13, 2005 Tchanguis Vatankah, Radio Brakos IMPRISONED Chadian authorities arrested community radio station director Tchanguis Vatankah in southern Chad and announced they would expel him from the country, according to local sources. A native of Iran who had been living in Chad for several decades,...

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Journalist granted provisional release; three others remain jailed

September 8, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 8, 2005—Ngaradoumbé Samory, one of four Chadian journalists jailed since July in connection with their work, was granted a provisional release from prison today pending a decision on his appeal. As editor of the private weekly L'Observateur, Samory was sentenced to three months in prison on July...

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CHAD

September 2, 2005 12:00 PM ET

SEPTEMBER 2, 2005 Posted September 8, 2005 Laïssou Bagamala, freelance IMPRISONED Authorities in the capital N'Djamena jailed Bagamala, a former journalist for the private weekly L'Observateur, for three days in connection with an article published in the newspaper about a local property dispute, according to CPJ sources. Bagamala was accused...

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CPJ speaks with jailed journalist

September 1, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 1, 2005—Journalist Michaël Didama, speaking from his prison cell in the Chadian capital N'Djamena, today denounced his detention as illegal and called on local and international journalists to keep up pressure for the release of all four reporters jailed by the government since July. "This is a...

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Media council lifts ban on independent radio station

August 24, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2005—Chad lifted a ban on Tuesday on Radio Brakos which was taken off air three months ago for reports critical of government and military officials, station director Tchanguis Vatankah told CPJ. He said the station would resume broadcasting in the remote southern town of Moissala shortly...

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