Ivory Coast: Six journalists arrested over ‘false news’ on mutiny

The mutiny of soldiers began on January 6 in the city of Bouake, but later spread to the commercial capital Abidja [Legnan Koula/EPA]
The mutiny of soldiers began on January 6 in the city of Bouake, but later spread to the commercial capital Abidja [Legnan Koula/EPA]
Six journalists, including three media owners, have been arrested in the Ivory Coast for “spreading false information” about a mutiny by security forces, their newspapers and the public prosecutor said.

The move came after elite forces became the latest troops to protest over pay in recent weeks in the West African nation, firing into the air in the army barracks town of Adiake.

“Regarding recent action taken by the military … we have come to believe that certain media organisations are spreading false information in a bid to encourage soldiers to revolt,” said a statement from the public prosecutor broadcast on national television on Sunday.

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SOURCE: Al Jazeera Online.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.