Friday, February 11, 2011

Journos Worried About Ivory Coast Media Crackdown

Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, 2007Image via WikipediaReporters Without Borders warns that press freedom is at risk after Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo last week fired the president and board of governors of  the National Press Council, Bloomberg News reports.

Other disturbing news includes the National Broadcasting Council lifting the permit of ONUCI-FM, the United Nations-controlled radio station, on Feb. 9.  President Gbagbo has targeted U.N. peacekeepers whom he believes support his rival, Alassane Ouattara, the victor in a Nov. 28 election that Gbagbo, who has not ceded power, claims was marred by voter fraud. 

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