Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Photo-journalist arrested in Abidjan

Jean-Paul Rey, a freelance photographer, was arrested December 27 in Cote d'Ivoire and detained in connection to a "plot" to overthrow the country's peace process, says the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Clearing House.
Jean-Paul Rey was arrested near the headquarters of the national broadcaster (Radiotélévision ivoirienne, RTI) in Abidjan on 27 December in the company of a group of unidentified individuals. He was first detained at the Abidjan police station, then at the headquarters of the domestic intelligence agency (Direction de la surveillance du territoire, DST). He is reportedly now being held at the criminal police headquarters in Abidjan.

The journalist normally distributes his photographic work through the Gamma agency, which knew of his intention to work on a story in Africa.

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