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Mali newspaper editor charged with crime

Tuesday - 3/19/2013, 11:39am  ET

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A media rights group says that a Malian newspaper editor, who was arrested two weeks ago after publishing a letter criticizing the salary of the nation's coup leader, has been charged with "inciting disobedience" and "publishing falsehoods."

Reporters Without Borders said that Boukary Daou, the editor-in-chief of The Republican newspaper, was charged Monday. He was transferred to the central prison in Bamako. Daou was arrested on March 6 after his newspaper published a letter signed by an army captain criticizing Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo's more than $8,000-a-month salary, a lofty sum in the poor country.

The captain said soldiers under his command will abandon the battlefield if Sanogo's salary is not reduced.

Sanogo led a coup a year ago, overturning two decades of democracy and plunging Mali into crisis.


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