Gabon suspends 2 newspapers critical of government

6 Aug

Two newspapers banned in Gabon are critical of President Ali Bongo. (Reuters/Mal Langsdon)

New York, August 6, 2012–The Committee to Protect
Journalists condemns Friday’s decision by Gabon’s state-run media regulator to
suspend two private newspapers for six months over criticism of top officials. 

In a press statement obtained by CPJ, the National
Communications Council accused weeklies Ezombolo
and La Une of disrespecting public
institutions “and the personalities that embody them.” Local journalists told
CPJ that the council appeared to be singling out critics of the government.

from Committee to Protect Journalists

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