In continuing persecution, newspaper publisher arrested and beaten up

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid Reporters Without Borders condemns Chadian journalist Stéphane Mbaïrabé Ouaye’s arbitrary arrest last week in N’Djamena and the mistreatment he received while detained. Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more The publisher of Haut Parleur, an independent fortnightly, Stéphane Mbaïrabé Ouaye was arrested by judicial police with no warrant on the night of 2 October and was held in a detention centre attached to N’Djamena police headquarters.While he was handcuffed and blindfolded, plainclothesmen beat him up in an attempt to make him reveal his sources for a story in last week’s issue criticising President Idriss Deby and his brother, customs director-general Salay Deby. It was headlined “Salay Deby, national thief.”Then released without any explanation, Ouaye still bears the marks of the blows he received. He is now waiting to be given a date to appear in court on a defamation charge.“The mistreatment of this journalist is a disgrace and is yet one more example of the government’s persecution of the media,” said Reporters Without Borders “Ouaye is the victim of horrible practices that recall those of former President Hissène Habré’s political police, the DDS. If President Deby or his relatives think Ouaye has defamed them, they should refer the matter to the judicial authorities.”This is not Ouaye’s first run-in with the judicial police. He was arrested without a summons on 12 June after Salay Deby filed a defamation suit against him.Chad is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. ChadAfrica October 7, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In continuing persecution, newspaper publisher arrested and beaten up News Reports News December 1, 2020 Find out more ChadAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Follow the news on Chad October 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid Reporters Without Borders condemns Chadian journalist Stéphane Mbaïrabé Ouaye’s arbitrary arrest last week in N’Djamena and the mistreatment he received while detained. Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more The publisher of Haut Parleur, an independent fortnightly, Stéphane Mbaïrabé Ouaye was arrested by judicial police with no warrant on the night of 2 October and was held in a detention centre attached to N’Djamena police headquarters.While he was handcuffed and blindfolded, plainclothesmen beat him up in an attempt to make him reveal his sources for a story in last week’s issue criticising President Idriss Deby and his brother, customs director-general Salay Deby. It was headlined “Salay Deby, national thief.”Then released without any explanation, Ouaye still bears the marks of the blows he received. He is now waiting to be given a date to appear in court on a defamation charge.“The mistreatment of this journalist is a disgrace and is yet one more example of the government’s persecution of the media,” said Reporters Without Borders “Ouaye is the victim of horrible practices that recall those of former President Hissène Habré’s political police, the DDS. If President Deby or his relatives think Ouaye has defamed them, they should refer the matter to the judicial authorities.”This is not Ouaye’s first run-in with the judicial police. He was arrested without a summons on 12 June after Salay Deby filed a defamation suit against him.Chad is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. ChadAfrica October 7, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In continuing persecution, newspaper publisher arrested and beaten up News Reports News December 1, 2020 Find out more ChadAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Follow the news on Chad October 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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