Cote d’Ivoire ALERT: Police arrests newspaper editor

On the evening of January 31, 2012, Charles Sanga, managing editor of Le Patroite, a pro- Ouattara, daily newspaper, was arrested by officials of the Ivorian National Surveillance Directorate (DST) in Abidjan for refusing to reveal the source of information.

The newspaper had published a news story on the same day about the invalidation of eleven seats in last year’s parliamentary elections in the country ahead of the official announcement by the Constitutional Council in the evening.

The Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) correspondent reported that the authorities had also requested Jean-Claude Coulibaly, the author of the story, to also report to the DST.

The correspondent said the authorities are accusing the newspaper of “publishing confidential information”.

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