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AFP
November 10, 2018
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Newspaper suspended for saying Gabon on ‘autopilot’

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AFP
November 10, 2018

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LIBREVILLE: Gabon´s official media watchdog on Friday said it had suspended a newspaper for three months for an article saying the country was on “autopilot” after the hospitalisation of President Ali Bongo in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago. Lack of official news — along with memories of the secrecy-shrouded demise of Bongo´s father, Omar Bongo, who died in office in 2009 after decades at the helm — has set the rumour mill churning at full tilt with suggestions that he is incapacitated or even dead. L´Aube (Dawn) newspaper on Monday ran a story headlined “Gabon on (very dangerous) autopilot” and suggested that Prime Minister Lucie Mboussou be appointed interim president. The spokeswoman of the High Authority of Communications (HAC) watchdog said it was not up to the media or anybody else to provide “dangerous” interpretations of the law. “Law is a science and the technical interpretation of legal texts” was a specialised task, Lucie Akalane said.

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