Guinea Alert : Journalist sacked for criticising president

Guinea’s Minister of Communications Al Husseini Makanera al Kaké, on March 18, 2014, sacked Amadou Diouldé Diallo, a sports journalist with the nation’s broadcaster Radiodiffusion-Télévision Guinéenne (RTG).

The MFWA’s correspondent reported that Diallo was on March 13, invited to feature as a guest on a popular programme on privately-owned radio station, Espace FM.

Diallo, a very popular sports journalist in Guinea, reportedly accused President Alpha Condé of lying about renovating The Palace of Nations, a place where visiting heads of states from other countries are received. He said the past president, Lantana Conté, was rather the one who renovated it.

“The President is lying, before he came, Lantana Conté had already started the renovation of this palace”, Diallo is reported to have said. He was subsequently sacked on March 18. The dismissal which was communicated in a statement said, “The position of the President is sacred, and when a public service journalist insults the head of state, he must pay dearly for that offence. That is why I relieved Amadou Diouldé Diallo of his duties.” “We should not insult a head of state. And when it is a journalist from the state media who is doing so, it is even worse” the minister said.

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