Editor of largest Niger daily detained over critical article gets bail

The director of Niger’s leading private daily newspaper, The Inquirer, has been granted temporary release following months of detention. 

Idrissa Soumana Maiga had been held since late April on charges of “attacking national defence.”

Maiga’s arrest stemmed from an article published in The Inquirer that mentioned the “presumed” installation of Russian listening devices in government buildings. 

This report raised concerns by authorities, leading to Maiga’s detention on April 25th. 

He was subsequently placed under a committal order four days later.

Harouna Mamoudou, an editor at The Inquirer, confirmed Maiga’s release on Tuesday afternoon, stating that the director is “at home and resting.”

The release comes after sustained pressure from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CAPM) and other media rights groups who condemned Maiga’s arrest and demanded his freedom.

This incident highlights the ongoing challenges faced by journalists in Niger. 

The country ranks 80th out of 180 on the Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index. 

Furthermore, a recent law tightening punishments for disseminating defamatory content online has raised concerns about press freedom in the nation. 

editor of largest niger daily detained over critical article gets bailDespite Maiga’s release,the situation serves as a reminder of the delicate state of press freedom in Niger.

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