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GUINEA UPDATE March 7: The “Waste of Time” Mtg. Part 2, Postponement of Burials of Opposition Murdered by State, Attacks on Radio Stations, and Conde’s Balaclava Brigade Pays Visit to Journalist’s Home

March 7, 2013

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Government Dialogue Meeting with Guinea’s Political Class

The second government dialogue meeting with the “political class” takes place this morning. The meeting is chaired by Prime Minister Fofana. The opening meeting of the dialogue was held earlier this week on Monday, March 4. The opposition sent a delegation consisting of opposition spokesperson, Aboubacar Sylla, and two other representatives. The opposition considered the meeting to be a “waste of time” because Conde was not interested in a true dialogue between himself and participants. The same delegation will represent the opposition today as well. More information as it becomes available.

Burial of Martyrs Murdered by the State

Yesterday was to have been the burial of the youth who were killed by state security and RPG members during and after the February 27 march. The head of the National Transition Council, Rabiatou Serah Diallo, and religious leaders paid Cellou Dalein Diallo, opposition leader, a visit earlier in the week to ask him to postpone the planned burial procession that would involve several thousand Guineans. According to Rabiatou Diallo and the religious leaders, it would be dangerous to have so many people on the streets after such intense violence in the country. Cellou Dalein Diallo agreed to the postponement, but not for long, it appears.

IFJ condemns attacks on radio stations in Guinea-Conakry

6 Mar 2013 14:24

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) yesterday, 5 March 2012, has condemned the attacks on two private radio stations in Guinea.

According to Union of Free Radio and Television of Guinea and other independent sources, the Planet FM and the Renaissance FM stations were attacked on Friday 1 March and Sunday 3 March 2013.

Shots were fired at parts of Planet FM’s recording studio as an opposition leader was being interviewed, while other acts of violence targeted the premises of Renaissance FM at night. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

“We condemn the attacks and call on authorities in Guinea to investigate these incidents, arrest perpetrators and bring them to justice,” said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director.

Political tensions have risen ahead of legislative elections due to take place this year in Guinea. The IFJ recalls the importance of safeguarding the safety and security of journalists in the course of their work, thus promoting press freedom which is one of the pillars of a democratic country.
Source: allAfrica


Political crisis in Guinea: Journalists targeted

Posted on March 7, 2013

Sociopolitical crisis that shakes Guinea for some time, is getting worse.

After the march of the Guinean opposition has recorded that there are 9 dead and over 100 injured by gunshot, the violence takes another disturbing turn.

It is now journalists who are subject to targeted attacks. This is the case of our colleague, the Director of the weekly publication “The Challenge” and “bête noire” of the regime of Professor Alpha Condé, Thierno Mamadou BAH, was targeted in night of 6 to 7 March.

Indeed, according to our information, the home of our colleague has been the subject of a visit by the least unexpected — men in uniform, armed and masked. The guards providing security at the journalist’s home have long dealt with unexpected visitors.

The first (journalist’s guards) stationed inside and the second (the masked men) outside held an extensive exchange. According to one of the guards, “the people there wanted to know if the boss is there. As we could see them from a device that has to watch out here without being seen, we realized that there were many and we heard Malinke and Konia (Guinea Oye not: Konia is a region along the border between Guinea and the Ivory Coast, where Donzos (hunters) mercenaries, who have been involved in several attacks in Guinea against Peuls, are from). Since I am Malinke and Sousou is my second language, we addressed them in our languages, to let them know that Mr. BAH would not be coming home tonight and that he has not been sleeping here for 6 days. We asked what was the problem?

They told us that our boss is against the government and they will find him and kill him. They said to tell him to stop writing against the teacher (Guinea Oye note: Conde is called “the professor”) and stop talking to the Planet FM radio and RFI. They told us that we were not worthy of being Malinke and Sousou and we should not work for him. We pointed out that we work for a security company. They leave.

This testimony from one of the guards who guard our brother demonstrates the seriousness of the situation.

This alarming visit suggests that this was a kidnapping attempt and it adds to the attempted assassination of our brother Mandian Sidibé, Executive Director of Planet FM has been on 3 March.

Sidibe’s program is fully political, and a violent force of bullets rang through the the premises of the radio Planet FM. Also, note that our colleague, Nouhou Baldé from guineenews.org was attacked by thugs armed with clubs and stones.

Journalists who are critical of the government and independent are no longer able to freely practice their profession. Is this not a decline in democratic achievements? To be continued!

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