Benin

Investigative journalist sentenced to 18 months in prison

On 20th December 2019, investigative journalist and editor for the online news outlet Benin Web TV Ignace Sossou was arrested at his home in Cotonou by officers of the Central Office for the Suppression of Cybercrime (ORCR). The journalist was questioned at the ORCR offices about posts he published on Twitter and Facebook quoting the public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media workshop on 18th December 2019 on the topic of fake news. A few days later, on 24th December 2019, a court in Benin sentenced Sossou to a prison sentence of 18 months and a fine of 200,000 CFA francs (335 USD) for 'harassment by means of electronic communication' under the 2017 Digital Code. Read more  |  Read in French

Investigative journalist sentenced to 18 months in prison

April 2019 legislative elections marred by civic space violations

In the run-up to, during and following the legislative elections several civic space violations took place - including blanket bans on protests, the shutdown of the internet, excessive use of force by security forces, including lethal force, leading to the killing of several people, the shutdown of the internet on election day and arbitrary arrests. Read more

April 2019 legislative elections marred by civic space violations

Media regulator suspends La Nouvelle Tribune newspaper

On 23rd May, national media regulator High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication and Communication (HAAC) suspended, until further notice, the newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune. Read more

Media regulator suspends La Nouvelle Tribune newspaper

Trade unions suspend 4-month strike

As previously reported on the Monitor, Beninese trade unions from various sectors organized a series of strikes in January to denounce a new law inhibiting the right to strike in certain public sectors. Read more

Trade unions suspend 4-month strike

Outcry over jamming and hacking of radio stations and blocking of online news outlet

The online news outlet Les Pharaons was blocked on 12th November 2017, as reported by Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). According to a statement by the outlet, the management suspects political interference, as there are no reported technical reasons for the blackout. Read more

Outcry over jamming and hacking of radio stations and blocking of online news outlet

President overturns ban on opposition protest

On 16th March 2017, the ban on activities of all student associations, federations and unions issued by the Government in October 2016 was rendered 'null and void' by the Constitutional Court of Benin, as the ban was considered unconstitutional and violates the freedom of association as enshrined in the country's Constitution. The ruling was welcomed by student unions and members of civil society. Read more

President overturns ban on opposition protest

TV and radio stations suspended without prior notice

Benin's regulator suspended the licenses of three television stations and one radio station without prior notice. Read more

TV and radio stations suspended without prior notice

Offices of news agency raided in defamation case

Armed police raided the offices of L'Audace Infos, in an attempt to serve a summons on its director of publications, Romauld Alingo. Read more

Offices of news agency raided in defamation case

All student organisations suspended in Benin

The government of Benin suspended all student federations, unions and associations in all four national universities in the country, allegedly for acts of violence perpetrated on campuses. Read more

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All student organisations suspended in Benin