Reporters Without Borders (RWB), a France-based NGO which promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom on the press, has condemned the oppressive treatment that journalists continue to receive from the Djiboutian authorities.
RWB has criticised recent court decisions for creating an oppressive environment which blemished recent celebrations of the 36th anniversary of Djibouti’s independence.
Former journalist Daher Ahmed Farah recently received another two-month jail sentence, having already been arrested several times this year and spent three weeks in Gabode prison for “refusing to comply with judicial order”. The Djibouti court also extended the sentence of La Voix de Djibouti news website editor, Maydaneh Abdallah Okieh.
Djibouti is ranked 167th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.