Suspension of newspaper shocks editor in chief

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The National Press Commission (CNP) in Cote d'Ivoire has suspended publication of the bi-monthly, Solidarite PAALGA, for "non-compliance with certain rules" concerning publication in the country, the commission announced Thursday in Abidjan.
It explained in a press statement that the law provides that "any editorial team must include at least two professional journalists and a third one for the other publications", which is not the case for Solidarite PAALGA.
In addition, the editor in chief of any newspaper published in Cote d'Ivoire must be an Ivorian, whereas Solidarite PAALGA's editor in chief - Nicolas Sahouidi - is a Burkinabe.
The statement cited that every newspaper or periodical at the date of publication is required to provide legal documents and submit five copies to the Information Ministry and to the CNP.
It said that CNP has never received a single copy of Solidarite PAALGA, but Sahouidi expressed "surprise" over the decision saying copies of his newspaper were regularly submitted to the CNP head office.
"The true reason of this decision lies elsewhere because we operate on a legal basis," Sahouidi said.
The suspension leaves 52 publications including 15 dailies, 24 weeklies, four bi-monthlies and nine monthlies operating in Cote d'Ivoire.

26 april 2001 22:52:00

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