Ignace Sossou via TwitterDOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 8/20 HERE
On 24 December 2019, a court in Benin sentenced investigative journalist Ignace Sossou to 18 months in prison and fined him for “harassment” for posting tweets.
The tweets posted on 18 December quoted Benin’s Public Prosecutor during a conference hosted by the French media development agency CFI. They stated that the Public Prosecutor had described Benin’s digital code as “a weapon” that can be used against journalists. The tweets also questioned the government’s decision to shut down the internet during elections in April 2019.
The Public Prosecutor alleged that Ignace Sossou had taken his remarks out of context and issued a complaint against the journalist at the Court of First Instance in Cotonou.
On 20 December 2019, the Central Office for the Repression of Cybercrime arrested Ignace Sossou, without a warrant, supported by the Central Police Station in Godomey, southern Benin. His home was searched in his presence and his phone was analyzed by the technical and scientific police.