RSF protests death threats on journalist

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has protested the death threats on journalist Maka Gbossokotto, working for "Le Citoyen" daily in the Central African Republic.
In a letter Monday to the Central African Justice Ministry, Monday, Marcel Metefara of RSF's African Bureau based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, said "the threats must be put to an end and their authors arrested and punished.
" RSF said that on 10 July, a news vendor with Le Citoyen was taken for questioning by a member of the Presidential Special Unit (USP) and that a military officer issued a threat on Gbossokotto's life.
"Go tell your Editorial Director that I am looking for him and if I ever find him I will blast his head off," the unnamed military officer reportedly said.
The same USP personnel allegedly repeated his threat 13 July on Gbossokotto, opposite a gas station.
The journalist's wife was also reportedly denied access to a plane that was to take her to Paris with no apparent reason by suspected security personnel.
The actions against Gbossokotto are said to follow an article by Le Citoyen earlier this month, on the alleged murder attempt against a high-ranking official from CAR's Yakoma ethnic group.
Deposed former President Andre Kolingba, accused of masterminding the 28 May failed coup attempt, belongs to the Yakoma ethnic group.

23 july 2001 21:29:00




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