Two journalists from “Le Courrier d’Abidjan” newspaper assaulted by government minister

first_img Reports Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Côte d’IvoireAfrica Organisation On 16 January 2004, Thierry Gouégnon and Danielle Sylvie Tagro,a photographer and journalist, respectively, with the private daily “LeCourrier d’Abidjan”, were manhandled by Minister of Technical and VocationalTraining Youssouf Soumahoro. Reporters Without Borders condemns the minister’s unacceptable behaviour.”In a country like Côte d’Ivoire, which is in the middle of reconciliationefforts, it is unacceptable for a minister to physically assaultjournalists. Mr. Soumahoro must set an example and not resort to violence,”Reporters Without Borders said. “We ask that the equipment confiscated during this altercation be returned to the journalists at once,” the organisation added, while remarking that it hoped such an incident would not repeat itself.On the afternoon of 16 January, Gouégnon and Tagro went to the offices ofthe Ministry of Technical and Vocational Training to cover a demonstrationby higher education students who had overrun Soumahoro’s offices. Thejournalists were held against their will for about 20 minutes and theminister reportedly grabbed Tagro’s dictaphone, brutally twisting her wristin the process. Gouégnon’s digital camera was also reportedly confiscated.The equipment has not been returned to the journalists. January 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists from “Le Courrier d’Abidjan” newspaper assaulted by government minister November 27, 2020 Find out more October 16, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’IvoireAfrica Newscenter_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa October 29, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections RSF_en Receive email alerts News to go furtherlast_img