See also:
» 27.10.2009 - IMF returns Senegal's bag of dollars gift to official
» 27.08.2009 - Senegalese police unit joins AU-UN peacekeeping force in Darfur
» 21.08.2009 - Commission outraged by more Senegalese arrests
» 28.05.2009 - International court rules against Habre’s detention in Senegal
» 28.04.2009 - Amnesty International begs for protection of alleged gay men
» 08.04.2009 - Senegalese gay men appeal a homophobic sentence
» 07.04.2009 - Belgium calls for ex-Chad president's trial
» 25.02.2009 - Appeal court upholds editor’s sentence

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Society | Human rights | Media

Senegal journalists decry death threats

afrol News, 1 December - The executive arm of the Senegalese journalist union, Bureau Executive National (BEN), was forced to convene an emergency extra-ordinary session today to shame and condemn waves of death threats against their members in the country.

At the end of the session, BEN issued a statement, describing the anonymous death threats of Pape Ale Niang and Die Maty Fall of Sud Communications Group, publishers and broadcasters of the independent 'Sud Quotidien' and 'Sud FM' radio stations in Senegal.

Also of concern to BEN was a threat against the life of a prominent human rights activist, Alioune Tine, who doubles as the Secretary General of Rancontre Africaines de Droit d'homme (RADDHO).

Recently, the three have received death threats from anonymous people through written messages and telephone calls. The motive behind these threats are unclear, it is however believed that those behind the acts are "enemies of freedom".

Senegal is gearing up for presidential elections in early 2007, and in particular the country's independent press has given extraordinary coverage of opposition candidate Idrissa Seck, while both the press and rights activists have decried the recent human rights violations made by the government of President Abdoulaye Wade.

Union executives nevertheless urged the state to properly investigate these insecurity, intimidation and attacks on freedom of expression in the country. "The executive bureau rises against these drifts, which we believe are meant to disrupt and undermine our democracy and social peace," the statement read.

In such a "fearful climate," the journalist union said it would continue to guarantee the material and moral interests of its members.

The body said it was to hold dialogues with partners of press freedom and democracy in the coming days.

Of equal concern to the Senegalese union is what they called "unbalanced treatment of national topics by certain members of press." It therefore asked all journalists in the country, particularly its members to uphold the journalistic principles of objectivity during coverage of news and current affairs as elections approach.

The threats have come at a time when Senegalese media is dominated by politics of the 2007 presidential and legislation elections in which President Wade is seeking for a re-election into office. He is however not getting it easy in the face of a strong but fragmented opposition.

- Create an e-mail alert for Senegal news
- Create an e-mail alert for Society news
- Create an e-mail alert for Human rights news
- Create an e-mail alert for Media news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at