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Ivory Coast MP jailed for tweeting 'fake news'

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An MP in Ivory Coast has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined $520 (£400) for spreading false news and incitement to violence, BBC Afrique reports.

Alain Lobognon had tweeted on 9 January that the chief prosecutor was planning to order the arrest of another lawmaker.

But the prosecutor denied this and said the tweet had caused demonstrations.

Mr Lobognon’s lawyer said his client would appeal the decision.

He added that Mr Lobognon was being targeted because he was close to Guillaume Soro, a former rebel leader and prime minster, who is now the speaker of the National Assembly.

Mr Soro and President Alassane Ouattara have recently fallen out ahead of elections next year.

Source: BBC

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