The International Communications Forum is convinced that the honesty or dishonesty of media affects the mental health of the world. Freedom of expression is vital as a means of permitting all views to flourish peacefully. It is a cliché that the price of this freedom must be continual vigilance – in particular vigilance to identify and expose the encouragement of malice, war and the incident of hate speech and image.
Ivory Coast authorities charged TV presenter Hermann Aboa for moderating a TV talk show favourable to former president Gbagbo (22nd July 2011).
The Radiodiffucion Television Ivorienne (RTI) presenter is currently being held at the local police camp.
A prosecutor read out a 3 page list of offences listing numerous anti-state crimes as well as accusations of incitement and racial hatred. T
he programme Aboa is accused of moderating was a broadcast following the build up to the elections which exclusively featured guests favouring the then-president, Gbagbo, who had previously controlled the station.
The CPJ calls for his immediate release and for all charges to be dropped.