La Nouvelle Tribune

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Benin's President Patrice Talon, pictured in Paris in April 2016. Benin's media regulator has suspended a newspaper over a series of articles it printed that were critical of the president. (Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)

Benin newspaper suspended over its critical reporting of the president

Goma, September 5, 2018–Authorities in Benin should immediately reverse an order to suspend indefinitely the privately owned daily, La Nouvelle Tribune, and allow it to continue operating without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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In Benin, newspapers sanctioned for coverage of officials

Throughout December 2011, HAAC, Benin’s state-run media regulatory agency, summoned more than a dozen newspapers to public hearings and handed them sanctions ranging from a public apology to indefinite suspension, according to news reports. HAAC’s president is appointed by Benin’s head of state, and two-thirds of the agency’s members are appointed by the government, CPJ…

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