Ivory Coast Arrests Fake News Journalists
Six journalists and three publishers have been arrested in the Ivory Coast for allegedly using ‘fake news’ reporting of the recent mutinies to incite further revolt, according to Deutsche Welle.
Ivory Coast’s public prosecutor, Christophe Richard Adou, made a public statement:
Regarding recent action taken by the military… we have come to believe that certain media organizations are spreading false information in a bid to encourage soldiers to revolt.
The journalists arrested include Yacouba Gbane of Cyclone Group, publishers of the opposition newspaper Le Temps, which has repeatedly criticized President Alassane Ouattara’s government, accusing him of human rights abuses. Another newspaper, Notre Voie, associated with the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) founded by former President Gbabgo, now on trial at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, was also targeted.
Photo: Ivory Coast – FAFN rebels walking past the French Foreign Legion, by Jonathan Alpeyrie 2008.
See also: SitRep: Ivory Coast Mutiny