Sunday, 11 October 2009

[creative-radio] AFRICA: Media & freedom of expression - PAMBAZUKA NEWS 451

Media & freedom of expression


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has firmly condemned the
violence and death threats by the military junta against journalists in
Guinea. Mouctar Bah, the Conakry correspondent of Agence France-Presse and
Radio France Internationale, Amadou Diallo, the BBC's correspondent and
Mamadou Ba journalist of the satirical newspaper Le Lynx are roughed up by
soldiers covering the violent dispersal of an opposition meeting in which
more than hundred persons died in September, 28 2009.


Umaru Fofana looks dishevelled. His hair is overgrown and people who do not
know him could be mistaken for thinking he just joined an Afro band. And his
hanging beard will surely solicit suspicious glances. But Fofana is not some
musician or an unkempt hobo. He is the president of the Sierra Leone
Association of Journalists (SLAJ) and his appearance is all for the cause of
media freedom. The association petitioned the court for an interpretation
and repeal of the criminal and seditious libel law contained in the Public
Order Act of 1965.


Mugabe used an appearance at the International Telecommunications Union
(ITU) 'World 2009' meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday to attack the
West for what he called the continued violation of Zimbabwe's airwaves by
foreign based radio stations. In a speech that aptly summed up his regime's
attitude towards media freedom, Mugabe told a Council of Ministers meeting
that 'certain western countries had 'radio broadcasting systems' that were
targeting 'his' country to further their 'obnoxious regime change agendas'.


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