Defamation charge for 3 reporters in Mauritius

In the first such action in over 13 years, 3 reporters have been charged with defamation in Mauritius. The trio have been busted for alleging that a large cash stash had been found in a poliecman's locker. The move is seen as part of a clampdown on the media by Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam who had told his parliament he was going to take on the media's excesses. Quite how the press are meant to have been excessive in their coverage is at odds with the lack of legal action for over a decade but Ramgoolam seems intent on curbing the media's "abuse of freedom" - it remains to be seen quite whose freedom is being abused.

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