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Newspaper journalist detained overnight by police officer

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 20 September 2008, Sidiki Doumba, journalist with "Les Echos", a Bamako-based independent newspaper was arrested and detained overnight at a police station in Kita, a town 15 kilometres from the capital.

Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent reported that a policeman accused the journalist of possessing a camera on a public transportation.

Doumba was among passengers on board a public transportation vehicle which the policeman had stopped to conduct an inspecting of identity cards. The correspondent said passengers who could not produce their cards were ordered to pay monies without being issued receipts.

The correspondent said the policeman became outraged on realising that Doumba was a journalist. He arrested and detained him at the police station until his release on 21 September.

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