Chad

Media regulator suspends newspaper for 3 months

Chadian media regulator High Authority for Media and Broadcasting (HAMA) ordered, on 30th August 2018, the closure of the weekly newspaper Al-Chahed for a period of three months on grounds of 'plagiary' and 'spreading false news'. The charges go back to the newspaper's article 'Who is behind the Chadian rebel forces in the north?', claiming that both Qatar and Sudan are linked to the rebels in northern Chad. Read more

Media regulator suspends newspaper for 3 months

Access to social media restricted for the second time in 2018

Access to certain sites and social media and message applications such as Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger was, for the second time this year, restricted since 28th March. According to Reporters without Borders (RSF), the fresh restrictions happened in the aftermath of a forum on the change of the country's political and administrative institutions, which was boycotted by the opposition. Read more

Access to social media restricted for the second time in 2018

Undeterred by repression, civil society continued to mobilise against austerity measures

During February and March 2018, civil society activists in Chad continued to mobilise even in the face of repression and arrests. Read more

Undeterred by repression, civil society continued to mobilise against austerity measures

Banned anti-austerity protests met with arrests and police violence

On 22nd January 2018, the Minister of Interior and Security issued a decree on national radio prohibiting civil society protests slated for 25th January in all major cities. Organised by eight civil society organisations, the protests were to draw attention to the impact of the government's austerity measures and the rise in the price of fuel. Read more

Banned anti-austerity protests met with arrests and police violence

Arbitrary arrest of journalist on bogus charge of "pretending to be a journalist"

On 23rd October 2017, authorities arrested Juda Allahodoum, director of the newspaper Le Visionnaire and president of the association of the private press owners in Chad, on charges of 'pretending to be a journalist' and obstruction of justice. He was summoned and detained on 17th October and placed under arrest after a complaint of the prosecution related to the publication of an article he wrote on the use of an aircraft owned by Chadian airline Air Inter 1 to transport weapons to Syria, first published in the Paris based Lettre du Continent according to Reporters Without Borders. An article in Le Visionnaire subsequently alleged that the Minister of Civil Aviation first suspended the license on 2nd August, but retracted her decision later. The article further alledges that after the US froze visas for Chadian citizens, the Minister was fired and the directors of Air Inter 1 placed under investigation. Read more

Arbitrary arrest of journalist on bogus charge of "pretending to be a journalist"

Report: "Rising cost of dissent in Chad"

Amnesty International outlines the increasing repression against the growing dissent in Chad in the past two years in its report 'Between recession and repression. The rising cost of dissent in Chad, published on 14th September 2017. Increasing discontent and dissent in the past two years, in a context that included highly contested presidential elections in April 2016, an economic crisis caused by a sharp drop of the price of crude oil and attacks by Boko Haram, authorities have intensified its efforts to repress the freedoms of expression, assembly and association. Some of the findings of the report include: Read more

Report: "Rising cost of dissent in Chad"

State of affairs in Chad: harassment of activists and prevention of protests

The citizen movement IYINA has denounced on 1st August 2017 the threats, intimidation and harassment of its members, in particular of Nadjo Kaïna and Bertrand Solloand. On 30th July 2017 several Toyota cars with police officers surrounded the homes of the two for several hours without any clarification on the motives of such action. The two also continue to be approached by unknown persons. As previously reported on the Monitor, the two received in May a six month suspended sentence for their peaceful activism. Read more

State of affairs in Chad: harassment of activists and prevention of protests

Citizen movements targetted by authorities for peaceful activism

Two leaders of prominent Chadian citizen movements have been convicted and given a six-month suspended sentence as a result of their peaceful activism. Read more

Citizen movements targetted by authorities for peaceful activism

Government crackdown on strikes and protests

The government continues to crack down on any form of dissent from civil society to trade unions. Read more

Government crackdown on strikes and protests

Social media remains blocked in Chad

Social media platforms are still blocked as the leaders of human rights groups and social movements continue to be targetted and imprisoned. Read more