Tuesday, September 7, 2021

A TV host in Ivory Coast asked a sex offender to show his technique on a mannequin. Women fought back.

 The television host introduced the man as a convicted sex offender. Then he beckoned his guest to a mannequin: “Can you show us how you committed rape?”

The Washington Post

What came next outraged viewers in Ivory Coast, who roundly blasted the segment of a prime-time show this week and urged the West African country’s broadcasting watchdog to punish the production team.

By Thursday, a petition demanding the ouster of Yves de M’Bella, a popular commentator in the nation of 27 million, and sanctions against his employer, Nouvelle Chaîne Ivoirienne (NCI), had amassed nearly 50,000 signatures.

Protesters surrounded the channel’s office in the commercial capital, Abidjan, holding signs that read: “Don’t trivialize rape.” Telecom authorities suspended de M’Bella from the airwaves for 30 days. A court convicted him of glorifying rape, imposed a fine and ordered him not to leave Abidjan for a year under a suspended prison sentence.

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