first_img News Receive email alerts Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison December 31, 2019 Find out more RSF_en GabonAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Gabon Reporters Without Borders has voiced its concern about the deteriorating situation in Gabon, where the authorities continue to obstruct the publication of independentnewspapers. The satirical bi-monthly Sub-Version was recently seized and fouremployees from the paper were detained at Libreville airport. The NationalCommunications Council (Conseil national de la communication, CNC) also recently suspended a second paper, the bi-monthly La Sagaie.”We condemn these measures, which hinder the development of privately-ownedmedia in Gabon. Suspending a media outlet is a very serious penalty. We can onlyconclude that the authorities use this means of punishment to deprive citizensof access to independent or critical news sources,” said Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Robert Ménard. In a letter to CNC Chairperson Pierre Marie Ndong, the organisation urged the council to reconsider its decisions and allow the media outlets to resume their activities.Border police at Libreville International Airport seized all copies ofSub-Version’s third issue on 17 September 2003. The paper is printed inCameroon. Four staff members who had come to pick up the copies of their paperwere also detained and questioned. They were released later in the afternoon.The authorities accuse the bi-monthly of inciting an “insurrection” amongcitizens and attempting to “destabilise republican institutions.”In addition, the bi-monthly La Sagaie learned of its suspension in a letter on23 September. The paper was banned indefinitely and accused of making a “call to tribalism” and “threatening state security.”Reporters Without Borders recalls that the privately-owned newspaper Misamu remains closed more than five months after the CNC decided to supended the publication indefinitely on 13 May. Moreover, Noël Ngwa Nguema, a priest who isthe founder and editor-in-chief of Misamu and Sub-Version, faces constantpressure and intimidation tactics. September 24, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two recently-launched independent newspapers prevented from publishing January 24, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands News to go further Reports News November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information GabonAfrica Organisation last_img read more