Cote d’Ivoire: Regulatory Body Suspends Newspapers for Unprofessionalism

The media regulatory body in Cote d’Ivoire, Conseil National de la Presse (CNP) has suspended three newspapers over publications deemed false by the regulatory body.

In a statement issued by the CNP on December 7, 2016, two of the suspended newspapers, Aujourd’hui and LG Infos published “false information aimed at manipulating one’s opinion”.

The third newspaper, La Voie Originale, was accused by the CNP of failing to due diligence before publishing articles and press statements from individuals claiming to be representatives of the opposition party, Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI). According to the CNP, the newspaper by its publications incited people and created confusion.

Two of the newspapers – Aujourd’hui and LG Infos have been suspended for seven publications while La Voie Originale has been suspended for 27 publications.

The MFWA has over the years raised concerns about unprofessionalism by some sections of the Ivorian media which has often led to sanctions by the CNP. We urge the Ivorian media to abide by the CNP’s code of conduct and be more professional in their reportage.

 

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