Media censorship Guinea - Censorship of the press by the government of Guinean President Alpha Condé is threatening the democratic strides made by the country in recent months, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday from its base in New York, US. The Condé-appointed chair of Guinea’s state-run media regulatory agency, the National Communications Council (CNC), Thursday lifted a ban imposed since Monday on media coverage of the 19 July rocket attack on Condé’s private residence in the capital, Conakry, CPJ recalled, quoting local journalists and other news reports.
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The US has condemned the rocket attack, while praising the president for “working hard to establish democratic institutions”.
Speaking to France’s state-funded international broadcaster, Radio France Internationale, CNC President Martine Condé (no relation to the president) said the ban was lifted under the condition that “there be no excesses”.
The CNC ban had silenced talk and debate shows on private radio and television stations where listeners raised critical questions about the circumstances of the attack that left one person dead and the president unscathed, according to local journalists.
Thirty-eight suspects, both civilian and military officers, are in custody, according to news reports.
Speaking to CPJ on Wednesday, the CNC president accused the talk and debate programmes of inciting “tensions”.
“We want to avoid what has happened in other countries like Rwanda,” she told CPJ, referring to the government-sponsored hate media that fanned the 1994 genocide.
The CNC has also imposed, since 10 June, a two-month suspension on Le Défi, a private newspaper critical of Condé’s government, over a column that criticized controversial public remarks by the country’s ombudsman, Gen. Facinet Touré, about the Peul ethnic group, according to Ghana-based press freedom Media Foundation of West Africa.
Touré, a presidential appointee, took office pledging to advance national reconciliation and unity as a basis for democratization, but declared that political power in Guinea be kept away from the Peul because they controlled the economy of the country, according to CPJ research.
Unidentified assailants then ransacked the offices of Le Défi on 20 July.
The government has also suspended, without explanation, presenter Yamoussa Sidibé of the Condé-controlled public broadcaster Radio Télévision de Guinée, since 17 July, according to local journalists and news reports.
“This censorship by the government threatens the democratic progress made by the country in recent months,” said CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator Mohamed Keita. “We call on President Condé to end these restrictions.”
DECLARATION DU CNT SUR LA SITUATION SOCIOPOLITIQUE DU PAYS ET LES SCENES DE VIOLENCE OBSERVEES NOTAMMENT A CONAKRY.
Depuis plusieurs semaines Conakry est le théâtre de scènes de violences, d’affrontements entre les forces de l’ordre et des manifestants, de destruction de biens publics et privés, d’actes de vandalisme ayant entrainé d’énormes pertes en vies humaines, de nombreux blessés graves, des dégâts matériels et financiers importants. Cette situation a engendré un climat de psychose générale portant une atteinte grave au tissu social, aux libertés de circulation et de mouvements des citoyens, dont un grand nombre vit du quotidien. Face à cette situation préoccupante pour tous et suite à de multiples sollicitations notamment celle des organisations de la société Civile, le Conseil National de la Transition (CNT) a convoqué ce mardi 28 mai 2013 une séance plénière extraordinaire pour exprimer sa préoccupation par rapport au climat de violence récurrente, prendre position et recommander des solutions pour un arrêt immédiat des violences dans la cité. (Audio disponible dans la suite de l'article)
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(Reuters) - Rival gangs fought with knives and truncheons in Guinea's crumbling seaside capital on Friday as ethnic tension worsened before an election in the unstable West African nation, witnesses said.
Security forces in full anti-riot gear piled into the backs of pick-up trucks and deployed across Conakry to separate the fighters as President Alpha Conde's government appealed for calm.
"It has become very bad. People set fire to a car right in front of me. I've seen four people injured in the fighting," said Souleymane Bah, a resident of Bambeto, one of several areas where clashes were reported.