Ivory Coast lashes out at US report
28 May 2013, 17:39
Abidjan - Ivory Coast's communications minister has lashed
out at the United States Embassy in Abidjan over a report citing restrictions
on press freedom, including the suspension last year of several opposition
Affoussiata Bamba-Lamine said in a statement released late on
Monday that the report "contains deficiencies" that undermine its
credibility, and the embassy should have presented its findings to the
government before going public with them.
The State Department's annual report on human rights in
Ivory Coast said there had been "limited restrictions on press
freedom" in 2012 and highlighted temporary suspensions levied against
opposition newspapers and journalists.
In one case last August,
the National Press Council suspended the opposition newspaper Le Temps for 20
editions over an opinion piece that compared President Alassane Ouattara to a