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Chad lifts newspaper sanctions

2010-01-06 19:04

Ndjamena - A Chadian court on Wednesday lifted sanctions against the weekly La Voix newspaper a month after it was seized and shut down by the authorities, a judicial source said.

The court in Ndjamena ruled the paper's management "not guilty" of breaking administrative rules, overturning a December 3 decision that ordered the seizure of all the newspaper's publications.

"It's a triumph for the law and it's proof that La Voix has been properly constituted," defence lawyer Jean-Bernard Padare told AFP.

First launched last May, the privately-owned La Voix employs around 10 people and has a circulation of around 2 000, impressive by Chadian standards.

In December, its director Innocent Ebode, a Cameroonian national, and his accountant Amadou Bouba Gong-Daba were separately abducted and beaten up by unidentified men, according to their own accounts to AFP.