Wednesday, 21 October 2009




Private radio stations have cancelled political programmes in Guinea as
journalists continue to be harassed by opposition supporters and the
military after last month's massacre at an opposition rally, says the Media
Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). Also, Guinea's military denied entry to
several French journalists on 17 October and continues to monitor and
threaten local journalists, reports Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

This month, civilians forced their way into one radio studio, threatening
staff, claiming that the station supported the junta, reports MFWA. Another
journalist told MFWA that he was threatened and ordered not to air
criticism of the junta. A journalist from "Familia FM" said he was accused
of supporting the junta as individuals tried to destroy the station, adding
that the station was saved by security forces.

"Private radio stations are being intimidated and threatened on a daily
basis, so we do not want to take risks. We will, therefore, play music to
avoid raids," a member of the Guinea Association of Private Radio Stations
told MFWA.

Meanwhile, Guinea's military has banned French journalists from reporting
on rights violations in the country, reports RSF. Three French journalists
working for the TV news station France 24 were refused entry at Conakry
airport and returned to Paris. Three other French journalists from the TV
station France 2 were forced to return to Senegal after arriving the same
day from the Senegalese capital of Dakar.

RSF says, "After physically mistreating and then threatening local
journalists, the Guinean military have begun a new phase in their handling
of undesired witnesses."

Local journalists are being kept under surveillance by the military and
continue to receive death threats, says RSF. There could be more atrocities
if Guinea's journalists are not protected.

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