“The publications by La Loupe, which were very serious, were a threat to peace, national unity and social cohesion,” a statement by government spokesman Alain Claude Bilie By Nze said.


In its leading article on Tuesday, La Loupe wrote that it had information from the immigration department indicating that “there will no longer be any Gabonese natives allowed to stay in Petits Paris and Mont Bouet suburbs in Libreville. The two suburbs are mostly populated by people from West Africa.”

The newspaper said the situation “was a big plan by Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba and his close allies.”
The author of the article said “it was important to raise the alarm since the mission will be accomplished using bombs and other suicide attacks.”

The government spokesman said the allegations were calling for “xenophobic attacks, violence, hate and murder.”
He equated the article with inflammatory broadcasts by Radio Mille Collines which caused Rwanda’s genocide in 1994.

This is the second time that La Loupe has been sued by the Gabonese authorities. Last year, the president’s lawyers sued the newspaper for defaming the president. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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