Two foreign journalists attacked in Libreville

Expression

On 16th December 2017, a 53-year old man stabbed two Danish journalists who were in Libreville on assignment with National Geographic, leaving one of them in critical condition. The attacker, a national of Niger, was immediately arrested, and later told the police that the attack was in retaliation for the U.S. government's attacks against Muslims and its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to media reports. .

According to Gabon Review, unidentified perpetrators broke into and vandalised the offices of Radiotélévision Nazareth (RTN) in Okala, Libreville on the night of 29th October. Equipment used to broadcast was destroyed, burned or carried away, preventing RTN from broadcasting its programmes. 

Peaceful Assembly

In mid-December 2017, around a dozen Gabonese News Agency (AGP) reporters started a hunger strike in front of the AGP offices to demand their wages, which, according to one of the participants, have not been paid for the past ten months.