Chad / 2006

Censorship draws deep concern

December 7, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by your government's censorship of private newspapers and radio stations under rules imposed amid ethnic clashes in November.

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Journalist held and pressured to reveal sources

October 27, 2006 12:00 PM ET

October 27, 2006 Posted: December 8, 2006 Evariste Ngaralbaye, Notre Temps IMPRISONED Ngaralbaye, a journalist for the private weekly Notre Temps, was arrested when he answered a police summons in the capital N’djamena. He told CPJ that he was held incommunicado in a cell 12 feet by 9 feet (four...

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CPJ welcomes release of prominent radio journalist

May 19, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 19, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the release today of radio journalist Tchanguis Vatankah after three weeks of arbitrary detention. Vatankah, who went on hunger strike in early May, told CPJ by telephone from the capital, N’Djamena, that he was “very happy” to be back home...

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Radio director held incommunicado on eve of elections

May 1, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 1, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed at the arrest on Friday of Tchanguis Vatankah, founder of an independent radio station and president of the Chadian Union of Private Radios. Police took Vatankah from his home in the capital, N’Djamena, but did not show any arrest...

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Rebels release radio journalist

April 17, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Update: April 17, 2006 Original Alert: April 12, 2006 Eliakim Vanambyl, FM Liberté ABDUCTED Rebel fighters in central Chad released Vanambyl, editor at the N’Djamena-based radio station FM Liberté, near the town of Mongo, where he was captured. Journalists in the capital told CPJ that the reasons behind Vanambyl’s abduction...

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Security forces detain, assault radio correspondent

April 15, 2006 12:00 PM ET

April 15, 2006 Posted: April 17, 2006 René Dillah Yombirim, BBC and Radiodiffusion Nationale Tchadienne (RNT) ATTACKED Security forces detained Yombirim, a correspondent for the BBC and state-owned radio, while he was interviewing residents in the capital, N’Djamena, following an attempt by rebels to overthrow the government of President Idriss...

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Chadian radio journalist seized by rebels

April 12, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2006—Rebel fighters abducted a journalist on Tuesday when they seized the central Chadian town of Mongo, the head of the Union of Chadian Journalists, Evariste Toldé, told the Committee to Protect Journalists today. Eliakim Vanambyl, editor at the N’Djamena-based radio station FM Liberté, had traveled to...

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Attacks on the Press 2005: Chad

February 16, 2006 11:39 AM ET

CHAD President Idriss Déby's government jailed several journalists and closed a community radio station in an unprecedented assault on the media. Equally unprecedented was the response of journalists, who organized protests, a one-week newspaper strike, and a blackout of all radio news bulletins. The protests, together with international pressure, kept...

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Of Hate and Genocide

January 19, 2006 4:10 PM ET

During the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, media outlets linked to the Hutu-backed government helped lay the groundwork for the slaughter of Tutsis by routinely vilifying them. One radio station, Radio Television Libre de Mille Collines (RTLM), went so far as to identify targets for the Hutu militias that carried out most of the killing. In December 2003, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda convicted three Rwandan media executives -- two from RTLM and one from a newspaper called Kangura -- for their role in the genocide.

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