Mr. Conde Comes to Washington with Freshly Rapped Knuckles by France Over His Muzzling of the Guinean Press
On the eve of Alpha Conde’s visit with President Obama, with whom he will visit along with a “clump” of heads of African states (four in all), he gets rapped on the knuckles by France for a crack down on the Guinean press in which all coverage is banned of an attack on his home last week which he deemed an assassination attempt.
The more the Guinean media delve into the details of the attack, the more it appears that Conde faked it in order to justify a witch hunt (and worse) against leaders of various opposition parties. The only reason to muzzle the Guinean press on this particular topic is to cover up his duplicitous scheme.
Will Obama give Conde a similar knuckle rapping? Two things make it unlikely: the presence of three additional heads of state in the room would make such a reproach impolite and Obama is so pre-occupied with the solvency of the US government, he will be lucky if he calls the African leaders by their right names.
Conde may luck out with Obama, but all eyes are on him; it’s only a matter of time before he gets a knuckle rapping from his own people.
France on Thursday urged Guinea’s President Alpha Conde to repeal a ban on media referring to a recent assassination attempt against him.
“This ban is a serious breach of freedom of expression,” said French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero. “We ask President Conde to reconsider this decision in his role as guardian of freedom in Guinea.”
Press unions said Wednesday that the Guinean government had banned media from referring to the assassination bid.
Conde, who came to power in the west African country in a presidential election in November, survived a rocket attack on his residence last week.
“The attack against President Conde cannot justify restrictions of basic freedoms,” Valero said, urging Guinea to hold legislative elections speedily. -Sapa-AFP