The journalists, including Cesar Etou, the head of the Abidjan-based newspaper, were charged with inciting theft, looting and destruction of property, the Paris-based media advocacy group said in an e-mailed statement. The charges were dismissed by a court in Abidjan yesterday, it said.
Didier Depry, Notre Voie’s assistant editor, was put in jail after the newspaper reported on a plan to devalue the CFA franc currency. Finance Minister Charles Koffi Diby later denied the information.
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