Cote d’Ivoire ALERT: Ouattara supporters halt distribution of newspapers

Some members of the Rally of Houphouétistes for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), a group supporting Alassane Ouattara, on March 1, 2011 prevented the distribution of pro-Gbagbo newspapers in the eastern and north-eastern part of the country.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)’s correspondent reported that Edipress, a newspaper distribution company, was stopped from distributing the pro-Gbagbo newspapers in several towns and forced to return to Abidjan.

The correspondent said the RHDP supporters took that action on the same day that nine pro-Ouattara newspapers suspended publication in protest against alleged harassment and intimidation from the pro-Gbagbo authorities.

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