Burkina Faso ALERT : Prosecutor Sues Newspaper For Libel

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Sidi Bécaye, a prosecutor at the Léo county court has filed a FCFA 1 million (about US$ 2,000) libel suit against the Le Reporter, a privately-owned bi-monthly investigative newspaper.

The MFWA’s correspondent reported that the newspaper in their September 1-15, 2013 issue, published an article titled, “organized crime and impunity at Léo: Prosecutor, gendarmerie, gangsters and farmers”.

In the said article, Bécaye was reportedly accused of demanding FCFA 50, 000 (about US$ 100) from four “gangsters” for their release.

Bécaye subsequently filed a suit on November 22 at the Ouagadougou county court against the managing editor Boureima Ouedraogo and Bama Yacouba Ladji, the reporter who wrote the article. The case will be heard on December 16, 2013.

The Société des Editeurs Privés (Association of Private Publishers) of which Le Reporter is a member, has however appealed to Bécaye to accept an amicable settlement.

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