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Idéale FM radio station closed for refusing to reveal sources

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders condemns the 8 April 2009 closure of Idéale FM, a privately-owned radio station based in the north-western town of Port-de-Paix, by local prosecutor Jean Frédéric Bénêche for allegedly "obstructing justice." The prosecutor asked the station to identity its sources for a report about Alain Désir, an alleged drug trafficker who is being held in Florida. When the station refused, the prosecutor ordered its closure and had an official seal put on the entrance.

"Pressuring a news media in this manner is unacceptable," Reporters Without Borders said. "It constitutes both an act of censorship and a violation of the confidentiality of sources. It is not the media's job to act as police or judicial auxiliary. We urge justice minister Jean-Joseph Exumé to intervene without delay and put a stop to the situation."

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