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In Niger, editor jailed over corruption story

New York, January 27, 2009–The editor of an independent newspaper in the West African nation of Niger was jailed Monday in connection with an investigative story alleging corruption in the finance ministry, according to local journalists. 

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Two journalists given three months in prison

New York, November 18, 2008–Two Nigerien journalists were sentenced to prison today on criminal libel charges over editorials critically scrutinizing the director of the country’s electricity supplier, according to local journalists. 

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CPJ welcomes release of Moussa Kaka

New York, October 7, 2008–The Committee to Protect Jounalists welcomes today’s provisional release of veteran Nigerien journalist Moussa Kaka after more than a year behind bars on anti-state charges. An appeals court in the capital, Niamey, ordered Kaka’s release on bail pending trial by a magistrate court on amended charges of “undermining national territorial integrity…

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Niger broadcaster suspended; violations unspecified

New York, August 20, 2008—Authorities in Niger summarily suspended a private broadcaster for a month citing unspecified regulatory violations, according to local journalists and news reports. The station has provided sympathetic coverage of the country’s former prime minister, now jailed on corruption charges, according to several sources. In a ruling obtained by CPJ, the state-run…

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Government ban on RFI lifted after 3 months

NIGER: June 12, 2008 Posted July 24, 2008 Original alert: March 13, 2008Radio France Internationale CENSORED French broadcaster Radio France Internationale resumed FM broadcasts in Niger following a three-month suspension imposed by Niger authorities in March, according to news reports.

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CPJ Impact

June 2008 News from the Committee to Protect Journalists

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Niger renews suspension of RFI

New York, March 13, 2008—Niger’s official media regulator summarily suspended on Wednesday the FM broadcasts of France-based Radio France Internationale (RFI) for three months. Authorities accused RFI of discrediting the government in connection with a day-long series of programs on Monday about the detention of RFI correspondent Moussa Kaka.

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Editor and owner imprisoned for defamation

FEBRUARY 5, 2008 Posted February 29, 2008 Ibrahim Souley, L’Enqueteur Soumana Idrissa Maiga, Director of L’Enqueteur LEGAL The editor and managing director of L’Enqueteur were each sentenced to one month in jail and a CFA 40,000 (US$90) fine by a Niamey court on February 5 for defamation charges made by the minister of finance and…

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Newspaper director imprisoned over critical editorials

Newspaper director imprisoned over critical editorials FEBRUARY 26, 2008 Posted March 14, 2008   Aboubacar Gourouza, L’Eveil Plus IMPRISONED, LEGAL Police in the capital, Niamey, arrested Aboubacar Gourouza, director of the bimonthly L’Eveil Plus, and took him into custody over two separate complaints triggered by critical editorials published on January 29, according to news reports…

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Newspaper director freed after nearly four months in prison

NIGER: CASE UPDATE FEBRUARY 6, 2008 Original Alert: October 11, 2007 Ibrahim Manzo Diallo, Aïr Info

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