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Imprisoned French journalist granted temporary freedom

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-05-05

FRANCE 24 brings you an exclusive reaction from French photojournalist Jean-Paul Ney, who has been granted temporary freedom after being incarcerated in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, since 2008 for an alleged coup d’etat plot.

French photojournalist Jean-Paul Ney has been granted temporary freedom after being incarcerated in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, since 2008 for an alleged coup d’etat plot against the government.

 

"I haven’t been informed of everything, but if it’s the case, it’s a victory for freedom of the press, and for the truth," said Ney, in his first public reaction while communicating from his cell with FRANCE 24. He is still behind bars in Abidjan.

 

"I’ve been proclaiming my innocence since the beginning, and I’m ready to meet the judge," added Ney.

 

Ney’s release will mark the end of more than 16 months of imprisonment.

 

The news of Ney’s temporary liberation was communicated to FRANCE 24 by French Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Joyandet, who said he was pleased with the “positive news” that “must allow us to write a new page in relations between France and the Ivory Coast.”

 

Ney has always maintained his innocence, and accuses Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo of having taken him hostage.

 

The photojournalist’s imprisonment had been another blow to France’s already delicate diplomatic relations with Abidjan.

 

The news of Ney’s impending temporary freedom comes just days after a court rejected an examining magistrate’s request that he be released.

 

Date created : 2009-05-05

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