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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Global Media Forum 2013: Participants demand release of jailed journalists in Chad

At the end of the Global Media Forum (GMF) in Bonn, participants of the media congress have appealed to the government in N’Djamena to immediately release three journalists who have been imprisoned in Chad for weeks.

Eric Topona, Photo: DW

Amongst them is the Deutsche Welle correspondent Eric Topona who also is General Secretary of the Chadian Association of Journalists. Some weeks ago, he was arrested on fallacious grounds and remanded in custody. According to BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion), he has fallen seriously ill in prison. Two more journalists were arrested with him under similar circumstances, as was confirmed by the Chadian lawyer Delphine Djiraïbe at a side event during the Global Media Forum in Bonn.

Delphine Djiraïbe had participated in a BICC-workshop on “Commodities and Foreign Investors—Protecting the Rights of Communities and Preventing Conflict (the Chad example)” at the GMF, where she reported on the critical situation in Chad. Ten years after the first oil started flowing in 2003, the communities’ hopes for a better future have been shattered. Conflicts in the communities have arisen from practices of monetary compensation. At the national level, the model of good governance has been altered and oil money has been used to bolster the army.

 

More Information about Eric Topona:

DW-Korrespondent in Haft erkrankt“ (in German)

„DW-Korrespondent braucht Hilfe“ (in German)