Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: Mali
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||February 2008|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: Mali, February 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c5678bc.html [accessed 6 March 2015]|
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In March, Director Diaby Makoro Camara and Editor Oumar Bouaré of the private monthly Kabako were sentenced to four-month suspended terms and fined 50,000 CFA francs (US$100) apiece in a defamation suit filed by Planning and Land Development Minister Marimantia Diarra, defense lawyer Amadou Tiéoulé said. The complaint stemmed from an article that described Diarra's alleged attempt to halt the wedding of a young woman.
Reporter Seydine Oumar Diarra of the independent daily Info-Matin was jailed for 13 days and the paper's director, Sambi Touré, received an eight-month suspended sentence and 200,000 franc (US$450) fine for covering a high school essay assignment about a fictitious presidential sex scandal, Info-Matin Editor-in-Chief Sékouba Samaké told CPJ. After Diarra's June arrest, three publications reprinted the story as a protest – prompting authorities to arrest the director of each publication. Directors Hameye Cissé of Le Scorpion, Birama Fall of Le Républicain, and Alexis Kalambry of Les Echos each received a four-month suspended sentence and a fine of 200,000 CFA francs, according to local reports.