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Conde’s State-Run Media Gets A Whacking from Guinea’s Communications Council Director

April 5, 2012

Martine Conde, Director of Guinea’s National Communications Council

Here it is 2012, and the Director of Guinea’s National Communications Council (CNC), Martine Conde, must instruct the state-run radio and tv service (RTG) on why it is necessary to cover news other than that of Alpha Conde and his cronies in the administration.  Over the years, many state-run media services throughout the world have learned how to fake a modicum of openness, but it appears Guinea didn’t get that letter, until now.  It’s tough to know what will happen to Mme. Conde, who whacks the Conde government thoroughly for its unfair media practices, but then you know what they say about the messenger.

Original letter in French.  The following is a Google translation with additional editing by Guinea Oye!

Republic of Guinea, April 2, 2012
Work-Justice-Solidarity

National Council of Communication

N. / Ref. 353/SP/CNC/04 / / 2012

President
to the Minister of Communications
Government spokesman

CONAKRY
Title: Observations on
the public service media

Mr. Minister,
Hereby, the National Communication Council (CNC) has a duty to inform you that it continues to receive numerous complaints from political movements, civil society and ordinary citizens against the bias of the public media service (GTR) in favor of the administration for the presidential movement through its editorials and commentaries.

These complaints also concern television broadcasts of violent images. Those relating to the hanging of a young student have gone around the world and are still on everyone’s mind. The paucity of information devoted to national and international life, untimely interruptions of emissions due to failures, interference of the national broadcast on national television are all ailments that require remedies which involve pluralism and respect for rules of ethics and conduct.
The most recurrent complaints come from political parties and unions which have denounced serious breaches of the public service media particularly in the non-coverage of legally recognized activities.

Thus, the absence of the National Television at the collective meeting of political parties in finalizing the transition and ADP held Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the stage of Coléah is an obvious illustration. The free access of opposition parties to public service media is one of the consensus decisions of the national dialogue and is designed to ensure inclusive political dialogue.

II Not long ago, the non-dissemination of the report on the closing of the 16th Congress of the National Confederation of Guinean Workers (CNTG) despite the formal notice from the CNC is another example which should have been done in accordance with laws and regulations governing the media operations in Guinea.

Now the law 006 of 23 December 1991 establishing the NCC in its Article 1, paragraph 1 states, “the NCC enforces the principle of equal treatment between users of communication” in paragraph 3, it states, ” The NCC’s mission includes ensuring compliance with the plurality of expression of thought and opinion in public communication.

Thus, the public service media should treat all citizens on equal footing.
Article 4, paragraph 1 of the Act says.

“The National Communication Council (CNC) guarantees the impartiality of public service television broadcasting.”

Thus, the editorial line of these media must be neutral between all actors in national life.
Regarding the role of public service media, the CNC reminds you of the recommendations of the meeting of the International Council of Radio and Television of French Expression (CIRTEF), held from 6 to 9 July 1999 in Libreville (Gabon) to which Guinea has participated.

These recommendations specifically include:

– Public service belongs to all and works for everyone. The result for its professional discipline and specific duties apply at all times. Among other criteria defined by the meeting include:

– Independence

– The public service media acquire their credibility in asserting their independence. Journalists for public service do receive their supervisor’s instruction.

– Pluralism

The public service media is in the service of all: State (government, Republican Institution), Political Parties, Civil Society, Farmers, Breeders, Fishermen, artisans, etc. Women and Children …

Citizens, social and political groups must recognized in their programs.
-Impartiality

As a citizen, a journalist can have political opinions, but reporting must be based in fact without bias.

The NCC is particularly attentive to this issue of free access to public service meeting for political parties, civil society and all citizens, given that it is a cornerstone of democracy one of its main missions.

The CNC, aware that the RTG is the mirror of democracy in Guinea and believes that this body of information must be more open and impartial to improve its credibility.

The CNC will appreciate all measures you take for the public service media in order to take on its mission.

You want good reception, please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Martine CONDE
Copies:

PRG: 1
Prime Minister’s Office: 1
Supreme Court: 1

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