Côte d'Ivoire Update - Judge frees Le Repère journalist but imposes heavy fine on him and his editor

    MONTREAL, April 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Abidjan judge Koné Aissata yesterday
ordered journalist Nanankoua Gnamanteh's release but fined him 20 millions CFA
francs (30,000 euros) on a charge of insulting President Laurent Gbagbo. He
had been facing a possible two-year prison sentence.
    Opinion section editor and ombudsman at Le Réveil, a company that
publishes the daily Le Nouveau Réveil and the weekly Le Repère, Gnamanteh was
convicted for an article that appeared in Le Repère on 6 March under the
headline "Ali Baba and his 40 thieves" together with a photo of President
Gbagbo and several of his close associates.
    The court imposed the same fine on Le Repère managing editor Eddy Péhé
and suspended the newspaper for eight weeks.
    Arrested on 19 March, Gnamanteh had appeared before the Abidjan-Plateau
court for the first time on 24 March.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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