Zakaria Camara, acting prefect of N’zérékoré, a town about 1000 kilometres to the south of Conakry, the capital, on August 26, 2012 closed down Liberté FM, a privately-owned radio station based in the town without any reason. Camara also chased the journalists out of the station and labelled them persona non grata.
The Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) correspondent reported that, the acting prefect had invited Alpha Saliou Diallo, director of Liberté FM to his (Camara) office to inform him about the authorities’ decision to close down the station. “I have not been able to fathom out the reason for closing down my radio station. I have not done anything to compromise the peace in the city, but they notified me and I had to obey” said Saliou.
According to Diallo, the National Board for Communication, the media regulatory body told him they have not had any information about the closing down of his radio station.The MFWA joins media associations in Guinea to condemn this disruptive and inexplicable act and demand that Liberté FM be allowed to resume broadcast immediately.
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