Mali media outlets go silent over editor's arrest


BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The airwaves in Mali's capital were silent on Tuesday and newspapers did not print a morning edition in protest over the arrest last week of the editor-in-chief of The Republican newspaper.

Boukary Daou's newspaper published an open letter from an army officer, denouncing the astronomical salary of coup leader, Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo. A decree published recently states that Sanogo is receiving a monthly salary equivalent to $8,000. After seizing power in a coup a year ago, Sanogo was forced to relinquish power, but he succeeded in negotiating a golden parachute for himself, including the salary of an ex-head of state.

In a statement, Mali's press association said that the "The No Press Day will start on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 and will continue until the liberation of Boukary Daou."

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