Tell Niger to free journalist Mamane Kaka Touda
Journalist Mamane Kaka Touda is currently being detained at Niamey Civil Prison, in the capital city of Niger. He has been arrested on the 5th of March after he published a post on social media regarding a suspected case of COVID-19 infection in the Emergency Department of the Niamey Reference Hospital. He has been charged with “disseminating data tending to disturb public order”.
In a statement released the same day, the hospital said there were no cases of COVID-19 in its departments. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health subsequently confirmed the suspected case mentioned by Mamane Kaka Touda, explaining that an Italian national had indeed been admitted there "as a precaution" before leaving the hospital, the tests being negative.
Join amnesty members and supporters demanding that the right to freedom of expression is fully respected, protected and promoted.
Send an email using your own words or our sample letter to the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Marou Amadou, to demand that Mamane Kaka Touda is immediately and unconditionally released.
Demand that pending his release, Mamane has prompt, regular and unrestricted access to a lawyer of his choice and access to his family without delay.