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Minister sues jailed newspaper editor for defamation

(MFWA/IFEX) - El Malick Seck, jailed editor-in-chief of the privately-owned newspaper "24 Heures Chrono", will appear in a Dakar court on 28 October 2008 to answer defamation charges brought against him by the country's Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Tidiane Sy.

According to a Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) correspondent, the suit follows an article published in "24 Heures Chrono" on 14 July which said that although Sy has denied having links with the Diané brothers who were reported to have murdered a French judge in Djibouti, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) document confirmed that Sy had worked for assassins in Washington.

Seck is serving a three-year prison sentence for linking President Abdoulaye Wade and his son to a money laundering case in Côte d'Ivoire. "24 Heures Chrono" has also been banned for three months for the same offence. The ban expires on 12 December.

For further information on Seck's previous sentence, see: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/96959

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