Four people have been charged over sharing a doctored photo of Senegalese President Macky Sall’s face superimposed on the body of a naked man via WhatsApp, a lawyer said on Friday.
The three women and one man, all in their twenties, where imprisoned on Friday in Dakar after a judge charged them with sharing an offensive image and criminal conspiracy, Bassirou Sakho, the lawyer of one of the women told AFP.
A young female journalist Ouley Mané, who allegedly first posted the image of the president, was arrested, and three others were arrested on Wednesday, said the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.
According to local media, police are searching for a fifth person who is currently in The Gambia for allegedly sending the image via the messaging application.
Police investigations are still under way but those involved may be charged with “disseminating obscene images ” and “offending the head of state”, the police sources said.
The journalist is working with Touba TV station. It is owned by the highly influential Mouride Islamic sect, the second largest religious community in the country
Some people who saw the image said they were shocked by it. But others accused the authorities of attempting to curb freedom of speech.