Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Freeing the Press

Mahamadou Danda, Niger’s transitional Prime Minister, is moving towards a full freedom of the press. Already prison sentences for journalists have been lifted and the Niamey House of the Media has been reopened.

During a three-day mass debate that started yesterday, the ruling junta is engaging legal experts, human-rights defenders, and representatives of the media and government to devise future plans and legal actions. Currently the penalty for libelous material has been reduced to a fine.

This action coincides with the junta’s earlier promise of establishing a ‘model democracy’ for Niger, and this reinstituted freedom of the press leaves many hopeful that this goal will be realized.

-Michelle Leung

Source: Afrol News