French Journalists on Trial for Covering Niger Rebellion

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Pretrial hearings for two French journalists facing a possible death sentence for “undermining state security” in the West African state of Niger got underway Tuesday, Jan. 15. The journalists, Pierre Creisson and Thomas Dandois, both employed by the Franco-German TV Arte, were arrested on Dec. 17 for interviewing Tuareg rebels in northern Niger, in violation of a state law against any broadcast of activities associated with the 11-month old northern rebellion. The two journalists initially told Niger authorities that they would be traveling to the southern part of the country to compile a report on bird […]

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