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Senegalese journalists demonstrate in support of their imprisoned colleague, Pape Ale Niang

origin 1Senegalese journalists demonstrate in support of their colleague Pape Ale Niang. ©AFP

Protesters gathered outside the Maison de la Presse in Dakar on Wednesday to demand the release of Senegalese journalist Pape Alé Niang, who has been detained for two weeks.

This will mark the second time he has been detained, allegedly for possessing “information likely to damage national defence”.

The head of the news site Dakar morning he has gone on a second hunger strike since his judicial review was lifted on 20 December and is now in hospital.

The West Africa director of Reporters Without Borders expressed concern that “freedom of the press” in Senegal was “in danger” and “threatened”.