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Journalists acquitted

Publish date: 16 September 2019
Issue Number: 841
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Equatorial Guinea

Two journalists held by police after they interviewed a suspended judge in Equatorial Guinea have been released without charge. Emelanio Nkogo and Ruben Dario Bacale, who work at the only privately-owned TV station, Asonga, spent 12 days in detention after broadcasting an interview with Judge Nazario Oyono. A report on the News24 site notes that Oyono was suspended last month by the Supreme Court's President, David Nguema Obiang, amid a dispute between the pair who accuse each other of preventing an embezzlement trial. Nkogo said 'we are free and will continue to work as journalists to provide objective information'. The report notes that Equatorial Guinea has one of the world's worst records for media rights, ranking 165th out of 180 on the 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.

Full report on the News24 site