Chad expels French journalist

Officials claim journalist was working without accreditation

Chad expels French journalist

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Laurent Cordeau, special envoy of Radio France International (RFI), was arrested in N’djamena, Chad on Wednesday and sent back to Paris.

Cordeau had arrived in the Chadian capital last Thursday to make a series of documentaries on former President Hussein Habre's dictatorial rule in Chad.

Habre was the seventh president of Chad and ruled the country between June 1982 and December 1990.

He faces charges of crimes against humanity, torture, and war crimes before the Extraordinary African Chambers in the Senegal court system.

The documentaries were to be broadcast at the opening of Habre's trial in July in Senegal.

“I was working on historical subjects. I recorded testimonies of actors and victims of Hussein Habre’s regime. I have been transparent with the Chadian authorities. Last Friday, the Chadian ministry of communication told me that I could start working,” Cordeau told RFI on Wednesday.

“I was slapped and I lost my glasses... I was forcibly taken to the airport,” Cordeau added.

Chadian government spokesman Hassans Sylla told the press that a “verbal authorization cannot be an accreditation.”

The Directorate of the RFI condemned the expulsion of their special envoy to Chad.

French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said: “We do not accept violence against journalists. The French government condemns the manner in which the eviction was carried out.”

Chad gained its independence from France, its former colonial ruler, on Aug. 11, 1960.

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