12 May 1998

Alert

Journalist arrested; another released


Incident details

Mamane Abou, Moussa Tchangari

journalist(s)

detained


(CPJ/IFEX) - On 7 May 1998, Moussa Tchangari, publisher of an opposition
weekly,
"The Republican", was released without charge. That same day, Mamane Abou,
owner of Niger's biggest printing company and editor of the "Republican" was
picked up by the police on suspicion of arson and insurance fraud. On 15
April 1998, sixteen military officers attempted to burn down Abou's printing
house. The fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department. Abou is
currently in police custody at the "Prison Civil" in Niamey (not previously
reported by IFEX).





**Further to IFEX alerts of 11 and 8 May 1998**


Recommended Action


Send appeals to authorities:

  • requesting the prompt and unconditional release of Mahmane Abou
  • requesting a thorough and timely investigation into the arson
  • 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
    Phone: +1 212 465 1004
    Fax: +1 212 465 9568
    Niger
     
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