Guinea ALERT: Local authorities close down radio station, arrest two journalists

Armed gendarme in N’Zérékoré, a province of about 1000 km south of Conakry, the capital of Guinea, on January 18, 2011 stormed the premises of privately-owned Liberte FM on the orders of Niokoro Camara, a state prosecutor at N’Zérékoré magistrate court.

The gendarme also arrested and detained Theodore Lama and Daniel Loua, two journalists of the station, who were on air at the time of the raid.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)’s correspondent in Guinea reported the closure followed a political programme broadcast by Liberte FM that the authorities said could undermine the constitutional government of newly sworn-in President Alpha Conde.

The correspondent said the station was broadcasting the programme in which callers were calling for the return of former military junta head, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who is under convalescing in Burkina Faso, after surviving an assassination attempt, two years ago.

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