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Madagascar: Journalists and Blogger Prosecuted over Rosewood Trafficking Report

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, Breaking News, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Environment, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Media & Journalism, Politics, Advox

Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) reports that four journalists and a blogger are prosecuted for defamation and  “complicity in spreading false news” [1] [fr]. The charges against the reporters were submitted by Mamy Ravatomanga, a billionaire who owns several news outlets and is the former employer of the Minister of Communication. Blogger Alain Rajaonarivony and several newspapers reported that Mamy Ravatomanga is involved in illegal rosewood logging [2] [fr] that threatens the survival [3] of Madagascar rain forest.