Radio Programme, Presenter Suspended for Breach of Ethics

The media regulator in Guinea, Haute Autorité de la Communication (HAC), has suspended a radio presenter, Mohamed Mara, for one month for comments the presenter made during his programme.

The programme, Les Grandes Gueules (Big Jaws), presented by Mara on Espace FM, has also been suspended for one month, effective June 2, 2017 for breaching the code of ethics.

A release by the HAAC on June 1, 2017 recalled that during the May 30, 2017 edition of the Les Grandes Gueules , Mara subjectively interpreted a section of the Civil Code of Guinea to mean that “all the children born to polygamous couples from 1968 onward are bastards.”

The release said the remarks of Mara “constituted an offense against public morality, against human dignity and sanctity.

“The HAC strongly condemns the aggressive and vulgar remarks about millions of noble Guineans whose honour and dignity have been attacked in this manner,” the release said.

The HAC urged journalists in Guinea to observe the professional code of ethics in the discharge of their duties.

The MFWA joins the Guinean media regulatory body to encourage journalists to demonstrate professionalism, sensitivity and respect for human dignity in their reportage.

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