Saturday, September 5, 2009

Journalist prisoner snatched from his hospital bed

Reporters Without Borders said today it was shocked to learn that journalist Abdoulaye Tiémogo, who was recently sentenced to three months in jail, was yesterday dragged from his hospital bed and transferred to another prison 100 km north of the capital Niamey.

Abdoulaye Tiémogo, publisher of the independent weekly Le Canard Déchaîné, who has a bad case of malaria, was removed from his bed against the advice of doctors in the major hospital in the capital, by members of the National Intervention and Security Force (FNIS, formerly the Republican Guard).

The worldwide press freedom organisation said it had learned that he was now being held in Ouallam jail, in an area which it is difficult to access.

“The Nigerian authorities are now adding cruelty to injustice”, the organisation said. “Not only is Tiémogo innocent, but he is sick and we demand that he receives the treatment he needs. This removal to a provincial prison is outrageous, and even more so since it takes him far from his family”, it added.
Tiémogo, who was jailed last month on a charge of “discrediting a judicial decision”, was taken to hospital on 23 August with acute malaria.


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