Ivory Coast / Africa

  
Cybèle Athangba was attacked by police at a protest. (Cybèle Athangba)

Journalist assaulted by police in Ivory Coast

New York, June 12, 2012–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Ivorian police’s assault on a journalist on June 5 and calls on authorities to ensure the officers are brought to justice. Two officers attacked Cybèle Athangba, a reporter with the daily La Nouvelle, while she was covering a protest of about 100 police officers…

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Ivory Coast

After the disputed November 2010 presidential elections, incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and rival Alassane Ouattara, whom the United Nations recognized as the winner, waged a months-long struggle for power led by partisan media outlets. The fight was centered in the economic capital, Abidjan, where Gbagbo controlled the national media and security forces. Ouattara enjoyed the support…

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Hermann Aboa (CPJ)

CPJ welcomes Ivory Coast’s release of Hermann Aboa

New York, January 5, 2012–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Friday’s decision by a judge in Abidjan to release on bail former Ivorian state television presenter Hermann Aboa and calls on prosecutors to drop the politicized charges against him.

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Three Ivorian newspapers were temporarily suspended for running political commentary.

Three newspapers suspended in Ivory Coast

New York, December 14, 2011–The government of Ivory Coast should immediately lift its suspensions on the circulations of three newspapers that published critical commentaries on the country’s five-month post-election conflict and its aftermath, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Imprisonments jump worldwide, and Iran is worst

Stark regional differences are seen as jailings grow significantly in the Middle East and North Africa. Dozens of journalists are held without charge, many in secret prisons. A CPJ special report

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Pro-Ouattara FRCI soldiers patrol along a road in Yopougon. (Reuters).

Justice pins Gbagbo, but not yet Ouattara’s forces

This week, former Ivory Coast ruler Laurent Gbagbo was extradited to the Hague to account for alleged human rights violations before the International Criminal Court. Justice appears to be slower in coming to rival fighters loyal to current President Alassane Ouattara. According to CPJ research, Ouattara’s forces have been involved in the deaths of two…

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Three opposition journalists detained in Ivory Coast

New York, November 28, 2011–The administration of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has detained without charge three journalists from an opposition newspaper since Thursday, in violation of the country’s own press law and constitution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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The ransacked offices of Notre Voie. (Notre Voie)

Ouattara fighters withdraw from Ivorian media outlets

New York, September 9, 2011–CPJ is relieved that fighters loyal to Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara relinquished control last week of offices belonging to newspaper publishers who supported ousted President Laurent Gbagbo, local journalists and news reports said.

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Ivory Coast censors paper for column on Obama meeting

New York, August 4, 2011–The government of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, who pledged to uphold democracy in a Friday meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, has suspended a newspaper over a reprinted opinion column criticizing the White House meeting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Ivory Coast’s Ouattara must end persecution of journalists

Dear Secretary-General Ban: Ahead of your Wednesday meeting with new Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, and given your express commitment to make press freedom a priority during your second term as United Nations Secretary-General, we call on you to urge President Ouattara to reinforce the rule of law, the impartiality of justice, and the promotion of national reconciliation by ending the persecution of journalists and media outlets that were favorable to former leader Laurent Gbagbo.

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