Home | News    Saturday 27 August 2005

Chad : growing crackdown on independent journalists

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Aug 26, 2005 (Ndjamena) — Private newspapers in Chad are staging a news blackout this week to draw international attention to what they call a growing crackdown on the independent press and the "creeping dictatorship" of President Idriss Deby, following the jailing of four reporters in the past two months.

Since 22 August 2005, eight private newspapers have stopped publishing and several private radio stations have cut news transmissions to protest the jailing of Ngaradoumbe Samory, Garonde Djarma, Sy Koumbo Singa Gali and Michael Didama. The journalists were sentenced for inciting hatred and defaming the president because of articles that criticised Deby and shed light on conflicts in eastern Chad.

The jailings have prompted Journaliste en danger (JED), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontieres, RSF) to demand the journalists’ immediate release and express concerns about press freedom in the country.

Samory, the editor of the private weekly newspaper "L’Observateur", was sentenced on 18 July to three months in jail and fined 100,000 CFA francs (US$180) for publishing an open letter to the president that criticised the government’s treatment of the Kreda ethnic minority group. Samory was asked to reveal the author’s identity but he refused to do so.

Djarma was sentenced to four years in jail for writing an article in "L’Observateur" that criticised a July constitutional amendment which allows Deby to seek a third term. Djarma was also fined 1.2 million CFA francs (US$2,140).

On 15 August, Gali, the publication director of "L’Observateur", was sentenced to one year in prison and fined 200,000 CFA francs (US$380) for publishing an interview with Djarma in which he accused Arab "janjaweed" members of the Chadian government

of conspiring to silence him because of his coverage of the conflict between Arabs and black Africans in the neighboring Darfur province of Sudan.

Meanwhile, Didama, the publication director of the private weekly "Le Temps", is on trial for publishing reports in May about an alleged massacre of civilians in eastern Chad and alleged anti-government rebel activities in the same region.

Journalists in Chad say the Deby government has become increasingly repressive towards the private media, which has been largely critical of the president’s third-term ambitions.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


A renewed call on states of South Sudan 2020-01-21 07:06:29 By James Gatdet Dak First of all, I hope that our able leaders (peace partners) shall politically resolve the number and boundaries of states in the Republic of South Sudan. Or whoever is to (...)

Sudan’s Peace: putting the cart before the Horse 2020-01-12 18:35:24 Putting Peace in the rear after the Sudanese Revolution is Akin to putting the cart before the Horse By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This article comes against the backdrop of the indifference and the (...)

Environmental effects of oil spills in South Sudan’s Unity (2-2) 2020-01-09 06:35:08 By Peter Reat Gatkuoth When pipelines are built, regulated, controlled and maintained as necessary by international and national legislation, they can be safe environmentally according to (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.