Dakar — In reaction to a Senegalese courtroom’s resolution to free up journalist Pape Alé Niang on bail with strict stipulations, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the next remark Thursday calling for an finish to this felony harassment:
“The fact that journalist Pape Alé Niang is no longer in a jail cell in Senegal is small relief given the stifling bail conditions placed on him,” stated Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator, in New York. “Authorities must combat the erosion of Senegal’s democracy by dropping all legal proceedings against Niang and reforming the country’s laws to ensure journalism is not criminalized.”
On Wednesday, December 14, a Senegalese investigative pass judgement on launched Niang, director of the privately owned website online Dakarmatin, on bail, however seized his passport and barred him from touring across the world or talking publicly about his case, Ciré Clédor Ly, one among Niang’s legal professionals, instructed CPJ through telephone.
Niang’s free up follows his starvation strike that started on December 2 and ended Wednesday, in addition to protests through native reporters on the National Assembly on Monday, Ly and media experiences stated.
On November 6, police arrested Niang in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, and on November 9, he was once charged with disclosure of knowledge to hurt the nationwide protection, concealment of administrative and armed forces paperwork, and dissemination of false data more likely to discredit public establishments. He faces as much as 5 years in jail if convicted.
Niang seemed on CPJ’s 2022 jail census of reporters detained in reference to their paintings as a result of he remained at the back of bars as of December 1, the census date.
The fees relate to a November 3 video that Dakarmatin printed, by which Niang reported at the contents of a gendarmerie file that allegedly exonerated Ousmane Sonko, an opposition chief and 2024 presidential candidate charged with rape, Ly instructed CPJ.