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Chad Arrests Three Journalists

An international press freedom group says Chad's government has arrested three journalists because of what the government considered to be critical reporting.

The U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says government security officers arrested the editor of the weekly newspaper Le Temps, Michael Didama, on Wednesday.

Officials say Mr. Didama was charged with defamation and incitement to hatred, violence and rebellion based on at least three stories he had written,

Earlier this week, Chad authorities had arrested two other journalists.

In a statement released late Wednesday, CPJ's executive director Ann Cooper said the group was alarmed by the arrests. She called on the Chadian government to immediately release the three journalists and take steps to ensure journalists can report and comment on the news without fear of reprisals.

Some information for this report provided by AP.