Senegal: CPJ calls for release of 2 detained journalists in Djibouti

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Djibouti to “immediately release” two journalists, Kadar Abdi Ibrahim and Mohamed Ibrahim Waiss, arrested during the week.

In a statement, made available to PANA in Dakar, Senegal, on Saturday, CPJ said Abdi Ibrahim was arrested by the police on Thursday and Waiss was picked up on Monday and have been under custody without being charged.

"Journalists should not be jailed for reporting or commentating on events as they see them, even if they are deemed to work for politically-aligned publications," remarked CPJ Africa Programme Coordinator Sue Valentine. "Djibouti authorities must either explain why these journalists are detained or immediately release them."

According to CPJ, Kadar Abdi Ibrahim, a writer and the co-director of the monthly Aurore (Dawn), was arrested at his home on Thursday.

Aurore is a publication of the country's opposition party, the Union Pour Le Salut National (USN), and the police were said to have arrested Ibrahim immediately after the paper's most recent edition was published.

CPJ said Mohamed Ibrahim Waiss, a journalist with the independent radio station Voix de Djibouti, was also arrested on Monday afternoon, and has since been held incommunicado, denied access to either his family or his lawyer.

Waiss was said to be covering a small political demonstration in Balbala at the time of his arrest.

The press freedom watchdog observed that Waiss had previously been targeted by Djiboutian authorities, having been arrested while covering local protests in 2014.
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