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Ivorian crisis: Media body calls for release of journalists

Abidjan – Reporters Without Borders has called for the release of two journalists detained by the Ivorian gendarmes in Plateau, Abidjan, since Jan. 28, 2011.

A statement by the organisation’s Bureau Chief, Ambrose Stone, said the two journalists, Sanogo Abubakar and Kangba Lopez, were arrested and detained by the gendarmes’ Criminal Investigation Brigade.

“Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of two journalists from television channel Notre Patrie, held since Jan. 28, 2011 by the Criminal Investigation Brigade.

“The organisation condemns the false charge brought against these two journalists working for a media that are certainly close to Alassane Ouattara, but who came to Abidjan on behalf of their media and not to commit any criminal activity.

“Reporters Without Borders also condemns the attitude of the Ivorian radio and television, and print media in favour of Laurent Gbagbo, who soiled the image of the two journalists, presenting them since their arrest as rebels,” the statement said.

It said the two journalists were on their way for an interview at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, where the internationally-recognised President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, had been holed up for two months.

The statement said they were arrested in Abidjan and had since been in detention.
Courtesy – NAN


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