RFI taken off FM in Benin for 14 hours after "too much coverage" of accusations against President Yayi.

Posted: 07 Aug 2010   Print   Send a link
RFI, 3 August 2010: "Radio France International’s FM signal in Benin was restored Tuesday after 14 hours of silence. The signal went dead shortly after midnight Tuesday, with no immediate official explanation. Early Tuesday morning, RFI's French language correspondent was questioned by authorities. ... RFI had reported Monday on a request made by parliamentarians last week that President Boni Yayi be formally charged and tried by the High Court for 'abuse of authority and perjury'."

AFP, 4 August 2010: "The reports aired over the weekend as the tiny West African country celebrated 50 years of independence from France, with some 10 African heads of state visiting for the occasion. RFI broadcasts were interrupted shortly after midnight on Tuesday and the correspondent, Raissa Gbedji, was questioned for two hours by officials from broadcast regulatory agency HAAC, she told AFP. 'The chairman of HAAC, Theophile Nata, who received me in the presence of his chief of staff, told me that RFI provided too much coverage of the parliamentarians' accusation against the president, spoiling the celebration of the independence anniversary,' the correspondent said."