According to local media reports, “the journalists are under investigation over footage that went viral on social media in December” and are currently being held at the premises of the National Security Services. They are suspected of having knowledge of the release of “a certain footage” to the public.
UJOSS issued a statement on 5 January calling on the government to “expedite an administrative or legal process to address the issue in a fair and transparent manner and in accordance with the law”, if there was a prima facie case of professional misconduct. UJOSS has called for a speedy conclusion of the investigations.
IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger asked for the immediate release of the journalists. "This is a clear act of intimidation and we don't see any sign of guilt on the part of our colleagues who should be allowed to resume work and exercise their profession freely," he stated.