Ameriques Asie Europe Moyen-Orient Internet Nations unies
 
Senegal5 December 2006

Call for measures to defuse tension in runup to elections, after threats against two journalists

Reporters Without Borders today condemned two separate cases of threats against Senegalese journalists in the past two weeks. The targets were freelance reporter Dié Maty Fall, who works for the privately-owned newspapers Sud Quotidien, Le Populaire and L’As and the websites Rewmi.com and Nettali.net, and Pape Alé Niang, who presents the press review on privately-owned radio Sud FM.

“Threats against journalists are always dangerous, regardless of their position, because journalists are often the first to fall victim to political hatred,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the police to investigate these cases thoroughly in order to deter those who attack the media, to defuse tension and to calm people down in the runup to the elections.”

Fall told Reporters Without Borders that her mother received three anonymous calls on 25 November. The first caller, a woman, asked if “your daughter is at home.” A subsequent caller said: “Tell your daughter to calm down, to stop poking her nose everywhere and to mind her own business (...) otherwise something terrible will happen to her.”

Both Fall and her mother filed complaints “against persons unknown” at Dakar police headquarters.

The former head of political coverage at the state-owned daily Le Soleil, Fall condemned “threats and insults against independent journalists.” Deploring the seriousness of some of the insults, especially racial ones, she said: “I have never been afraid of threats, but it worries me when they affect my family.” She added that government members had tried to bribe her several times in the course of her career.

Niang said he was threatened by justice minister Cheikh Tidiane Sy at a meeting of the ruling Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) on 22 November that was attended by the president. He said Sy had called for him to be “given a hiding” because of his “disrespectful” press review.



In this country
17 March - Senegal
Three community radio stations suspended for broadcasting political programmes
24 February - Senegal
Three-year jail sentence for newspaper editor upheld on appeal
20 August - Senegal
President Wade asked to intervene after two newspapers ransacked
30 July - Senegal
Disturbing comments about media by President Wade
31 March - Senegal
Police rough up journalists covering banned protest and stop TV station from broadcasting footage

in the annual report
Senegal - Annual report 2006

Africa press releases
3 June - Somalia
Alarm at TV station director’s abduction near Mogadishu
27 May - Gabon
Government imposes news blackout on President Bongo’s health
26 May - Somalia
Radio reporter shot by militia dies of injuries, fourth journalist to be killed this year

africa archives
archives

reports
18 March 2009 - Democratic Republic of Congo
“Bukavu, murder city”: investigation report into murders of journalists in the capital of Sud-Kivu
21 May 2008 - Eritrea
Naizghi Kiflu, the dictatorship’s eminence grise
6 March 2008 - Kenya
"How far to go ?" Kenya’s media caught in the turmoil of a failed election
archives

Sign the petitions
Eritrea
Sign the petition for the release of ten Eritrean journalists