Attacks on the Press in 2006 - Snapshots: Benin
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||February 2007|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2006 - Snapshots: Benin, February 2007, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c5674b28.html [accessed 26 January 2015]|
Editor Fulric Richard Couao-Zotti and Managing Editor Virgile Linkpon of the private weekly La Diaspora de Sabbat were imprisoned for three days in September over a story about the president's family. The article claimed that President Yayi Boni's eldest son had a mental illness, according to Joseph Perzo Anago, head of the Benin media center, and local media reports. A presidential spokesman said the journalists had attacked Boni's family.
In September, police detained overnight Cyril Saïzonou, director of the private daily Djakpata, and questioned him about a series of articles critical of the police and a top government official, according to CPJ sources. He was released without charge.