Journalist’s detention in Benin: “Three months is enough!” says RSF

first_img May 4, 2021 Find out more Nonetheless, no judicial step has been taken to release Sossou and, worse still, no date has yet been set for the hearing of his appeal. An investigative reporter and head of production at Bénin Web TV, Ignace Sossou has been held since 20 December. He is serving an 18-month prison sentence on a charge of “harassment by means of electronic communications” for tweeting statements that a prosecutor made at a workshop hosted by the French media development agency CFI that both Sossou and the prosecutor attended. Benin is ranked 96th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Op-ed urges Benin to end Digital Law threat to journalism News “Three months is enough,” said Assane Diagne, the director of RSF’s West Africa office. “The time has come to finally free Ignace Sossou, who just did his job by reporting statements that the public needed to know. “We are very concerned about this journalist’s fate because he continues to be held unjustly although the evidence of his innocence is publicly available. This video provides further irrefutable proof of this.” Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” BeninAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression Benin urged to implement findings of Working Group on Arbitrary Detention March 20, 2020 Journalist’s detention in Benin: “Three months is enough!” says RSF Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Benin BeninAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression center_img In a video released today as Beninese journalist Ignace Sossou completes his third month in detention, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its concern about his fate and its inability to understand why he is still in prison when the evidence of his innocence has long been publicly available. Receive email alerts News The video released today by RSF highlights the evidence of Sossou’s innocence by presenting the texts of his tweets together with the audio recordings of the prosecutor’s statements. It clearly shows that Sossou quoted the prosecutor accurately and that his tweets did not in any way constitute harassment. November 11, 2020 Find out more RSF’s concern is widely shared in the region. More than 120 West African media outlets and journalists demanded Sossou’s release in an unprecedented, RSF-backed joint op-ed published on 13 March. News RSF_en Organisation News to go further November 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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