New York, May 30, 2007--
Blanket censorship imposed last November
on private newspapers and radio stations was lifted this week after a six-month state of emergency, imposed in response to deadly unrest in eastern Chad, expired on Saturday, according to officials and local journalists.
Three of the leading private newspapers in the capital N'Djamena, including weeklies Notre Temps, Le Temps
, have appeared this week without prior review by government censors, local journalists told CPJ. In the remote southern town of Moissala, private Radio Brakos resumed broadcasting its daily news program on Tuesday after a hiatus of more than five months, Director Tchanguis Vatankah told CPJ. The station had voluntarily suspended news programs to protest pre-broadcast restrictions on coverage of the conflict in eastern Chad, he said.