Saturday, August 27, 2005

Media: Crackdown on independent press in Chad

The Sudan Tribune reports that Private newspapers in Chad are staging a news blackout this week to draw international attention to what they call a growing crackdown on the independent press and the "creeping dictatorship" of President Idriss Deby, following the jailing of four reporters in the past two months.

Journaliste en danger (JED), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontieres, RSF) are demanding the journalists' immediate release and express concerns about press freedom in the country.