Guinea: Journalist turned politician arrested for comments on radio

On November 6, 2014, the state Prosecutor at the court of first Instance in the district of Labé, a town lying about 400 Kilometres in Central Guinea, accused Abdourahmane  Bakayoko a journalist and leader of a political group known as “les Democrats guinéens” (Democrats of Guinea) of insulting  the head of state.

He is currently being held in detention in a prison in Labé.

The MFWA’s correspondent in the country reported that Bakayoko was the guest of a well patronised political phone-in programme called “Fensiten” (let’s expose) broadcast on a private radio station GPP de Labé.

Bakayoko allegedly said on air that “Cellou Dalein Diallo (opposition leader of the Union of Democratic Forces in Guinea- UFDG) and Alpha Condé are both liars. They are deceiving the people of Guinea; Cellou Dalein is going to help re-elect Alpha Condé in 2015.”

These words, uttered during a phone-in programme in the stronghold of Cellou Dalein Diallo provoked a mass uprising by the activists of the UFDG who went on rampage and attacked the the radio GPP building in search of Abdourahmane Bakayoko.

The crowd set ablaze his car which had been parked in front of the radio station. They had wanted to ransack the radio station but soldiers came in to disperse the crowd and whisked away Bakayoko to the military camp to save him from the mob who had wanted to burn him alive.

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