the junta bans several private radios and TV

the junta bans several private radios and TV
the junta bans several private radios and TV

The Guinean government dominated by the military has banned four private radio stations and a television station which are widely followed in the country, a new turn of the screw in a context of severe restrictions on freedom of information.

The authorities have withdrawn the operating licenses of radio stations FIM FM, Radio Espace FM, Sweet FM, Djoma FM and television Djoma TV, says a decree from the Ministry of Information published on Wednesday.

He invokes a “non-compliance with the content of the specifications”, without further details.

“The repression of the media must stop!”, the NGO Reporters Without Borders protested on X (formerly Twitter), recalling that the authorities had committed to unblocking “an already dramatic situation” the media.

Four private radio stations have been subject to constant jamming since November 2023, three private television channels are almost inaccessible, and at least three news sites were blocked for several weeks without explanation in 2023, recalls the NGO on its website.

In addition, the authorities also imposed internet access restrictions at the end of 2023 and beginning of 2024, citing a “national security” problem, and detained a press union official for more than a month, causing a general strike.

The country is ranked 78th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2024 press freedom rankings.

The junta has also banned all demonstrations since 2022, and has arrested, prosecuted or driven into exile a number of opposition leaders. The repression of demonstrations has caused at least 47 deaths there since 2021, writes Amnesty International in a report published in May.

The junta which took power by force in 2021 had agreed under pressure from the Community of West African States to give way to civilians by the end of 2024, at the end of a so-called “transition” period in during which she said she wanted to carry out profound reforms.

But the new Prime Minister Amadou Oury Bah has recognized in recent weeks that the junta could not achieve this objective, as expected for a long time, and that it would have to remain at the head of the country at least until 2025. The head of the junta, General Mamadi Doumbouya, remained silent on the subject.

A civil society collective, the FNDC, the driving force behind the protests in Guinea in recent years, threatened on Tuesday to resume demonstrations if the junta does not commit to returning power by the end of the year. An opposition coalition, the National Alliance for Alternation and Democracy (Anad), made the same request on Saturday.



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