8 May 1998

Alert

Journalist arrested; radio station temporarily ceases operations


Incident details

Moussa Tchangari

journalist(s)

detained


(CPJ/IFEX) - On 4 May 1998, Moussa Tchangari, publishing director of the
independent weekly "Alternative", was arrested by presidential guards
shortly after reading a statement on Radio Anfani condemning the regime's
actions to intimidate and censor the press. The statement was a joint
petition issued by officials of the private media and correspondents of the
foreign press in Niger. Mr. Tchangari was transported to the presidential
camp where he is currently being detained.




Gremah Boucar, director general of Radio Anfani, shut down the radio station
in anticipation of its closure by authorities and in fear that military
authorities might attack the premises destroying equipment and arresting
employees as they did on 1 March 1997. The station's broadcast facilities
are currently under occupation by security officers.


General Ibrahim Bare Mainassara's office has ordered journalists not to
broadcast news related to opposition activity because "it might increase
political tension."


Recommended Action


Send appeals to authorities:

  • requesting the prompt and unconditional release of Mousa Tchangari
  • protesting instructions by the Presidency to not cover opposition activity
  • noting that Niger has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and
    Political Rights
  • requesting that President Manassara use his influence to safeguard the
    right of independent journalists in Niger to freely exercise their
    profession




    Appeals To



    General Ibrahim Bare Mainassara
    President of the National Salvation Council
    Niamey, Niger
    Fax: +227 72 2245 / +227 72 272 / 227 72 2336







    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.





  • Source

    Committee to Protect Journalists
    330 7th Ave., 11th Floor
    New York, NY 10001
    USA
    info (@) cpj.org
    Fax:+1 212 465 9568
    Niger
     
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