3 October 1997


Journalist Gilbert Bablee arrested

Incident details

Gilbert Bablee



(IFJ/IFEX) - Gilbert Bablee, a journalist with "Defi-Plus", was
arrested in late September 1997 by police officers while he was
interviewing businessman Virendra Ramdhun in a restaurant.
Ramdhun had accused Bablee of being in possession of documents
which had disappeared from Ramdhun's office. Bablee informed the
police that he had received copies of the document through the
post and was trying to verify their content with Ramdhun.

The police took Bablee to the police station and confiscated the
documents. He was later released after questioning.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • expressing particular concern over the incident because Gilbert
    Bablee was following professional standards by trying to confirm
    the information that he had received
  • indicating that the actions by police officers constitute
    attacks on press freedom, since not only were their actions
    precipitous and oppressive, they also send out a signal that
    being open and professional is more dangerous for a journalist
    than being underhand
  • urging them to ensure that this type of incident does not recur
    and that all agents of the state understand that interference
    with journalists in the course of their profession is totally

    Appeals To

    Cassam Uteem
    Port Louis, Mauritius

    Pleas send appeals to the following organisations, which will
    then forward them to President Uteem:

    Finlay Salesse
    Secretary General
    Media Trust
    Port Louis, Mauritius
    Fax: +230 454 3420

    Association des journalistes professionels du Maurice
    Fax: +230 211 8059

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    International Federation of Journalists
    International Press Centre, Residence Palace
    Bloc C, second floor, Rue de la Loi, 155
    1040 Brussels
    Fax:+32 2 2352219
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