Ivory Coast: a television presenter sentenced for a “demonstration of rape” on the air

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A television presenter in Côte d’Ivoire was found guilty on Wednesday of glorifying rape and given a one-year suspended sentence for asking a convicted rapist he invited to his prime-time show of simulate sexual assault using a dummy.

The court also fined 2 million CFA francs ($ 3,619.91) on presenter Yves de Mbella and banned him from leaving Abidjan, the country’s commercial capital, for a year, a spokesperson for Ivory Coastthe justice system told Reuters.

The man who appeared on the show was sentenced to two years in prison, the spokesperson said.

De Mbella apologized for the segment in which he asked his guest to show how he raped women, helped him adjust the female model and asked if the victims “enjoyed”.

De Mbella said on Tuesday he tried to “educate” the segment, which aired Monday on the private television station Nouvelle Chaîne Ivoirienne (NCI), but said he “made a mistake”.

NCI also apologized and canceled the last episode of Mbella’s show, which was scheduled for Friday. An online petition calling for the cancellation of de Mbella’s show has received nearly 50,000 signatures.

Côte d’Ivoire’s independent communications council on Tuesday ordered Mbella’s suspension for 30 days, saying the segment had tolerated rape and attacked the dignity of women.

(REUTERS)


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