Two journalists released following Appeals Court decision

first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reports ChadAfrica April 2, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists released following Appeals Court decision Follow the news on Chad October 7, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img On 1 April 2003, Chad’s Appeals Court agreed to the provisionalrelease of two journalists. Following a few administrative formalities,Nadjikimo Bénoudjita, publication director of the weekly Notre Temps, andMbainaye Bétoubam, the newspaper’s deputy editor-in-chief, were allowed toreturn to their homes. The substance of the case against the reporters willbe heard at the next hearing, scheduled for 22 April. The defendants willalso be expected to appear in court.According to information collected by Reporters Without Borders, the two journalists’ conditions in detention were particularly harsh. They wrote several articles about prison life from their jail cells in N’Djamena, and were harassed by other detainees and the prison authorities following their publication.On 6 February, Bénoudjita and Bétoubam were sentenced to six months’imprisonment and fined two million CFA francs (approx. US$3,300; 3,000euros) in damages and interest, in N’Djamena. The court also barred thejournalists from exercising their profession for eight months and orderedtheir paper closed for three months.The journalists were sentenced following the filing of a complaint by HadjéBilly Douga, director of social affairs with the Ministry of Social Actionand Women, and the president’s mother-in-law. Notre Temps had published anarticle alleging that after her jewelry was stolen, Douga had arranged tohave the presumed robbers tortured. One of the robbers reportedly died fromhis injuries. The police claimed that the robber died from an incurabledisease. The reporters had told the court that they had drawn theirinformation from the N’Djamena Appeals Court register. Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid Organisation ChadAfrica News November 27, 2020 Find out more December 1, 2020 Find out more News Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chadlast_img read more