Sports Senegal: the premises of the newspaper "Les Echos" vandalized in Dakar

17:05  04 august  2020
17:05  04 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The daily's premises were vandalized by supporters of a religious leader and political party leader, who criticized his editorial staff for claiming that the latter had tested positive for coronavirus. Violent acts denounced by several international organizations, as well as by Senegalese press organizations which demand sanctions.

With our correspondent in Dakar, Théa Ollivier

Computers with broken screens, a televisions face down on the ground, the small editorial room of the newspaper Les Echos still bears traces of the acts of vandalism of the day before. Its editor, Mbaye Thiandoum, said: “The attack took place after 1 p.m. I saw the damage, six computers were broken, plus the flat screen TV. In my office, where the newspaper editor is also located, our two machines were broken. When they arrived, they introduced themselves as talibés from Serigne Moustapha Sy, who is a religious guide. "

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Monday, Les Echos had affirmed in front page that Serigne Moustapha Sy, religious leader of the Tidianes brotherhood and president of the Unity and Rally Party (PUR), had been" struck down by the Covid-19 ". In a statement, the PUR denounced “shameless lies” and warned the newspaper: “Leave him alone if you want peace”.

Threats that worry Mbaye Thiandoum: "This is a great danger for the Senegalese press. If this act goes unpunished, anyone who may feel defamed could attack a journalist in any way. People don't have to shut up because he's a marabout. So it is important today that such acts are denounced, and especially punished so that tomorrow others will not be tempted to do the same. "

The Minister of Communication Abdoulaye Diop assured that" such abuses (...) can not be tolerated in any way. "

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