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Two ARTE reporters face death penalty in Niger.

Posted: 23 Dec 2007

"Authorities in Niger have charged two French journalists with colluding with armed groups in the country's uranium-rich north, which could carry the death penalty if they are convicted, their lawyer said on Saturday. Thomas Dandois and Pierre Creisson are accused of violating the terms of their media accreditation to film a report about bird flu in the southern city of Maradi, instead travelling to film rebel fighters in the country's Saharan north. ... Paris-based press freedom watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres this week demanded the release of reporter Dandois and cameraman Creisson, who were employed by Camicas Productions and were in Niger compiling a report for European TV station ARTE. ... Two other local journalists, including one working for French state-backed Radio France International, have been detained for weeks on suspicion of aiding the rebels." Reuters, 23 December 2007. -- ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne) is a Franco-German culture and arts channel.

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