Staff from national broadcaster, Televisão da Guiné-Bissau, began a partial strike to protest political meddling and are demanding an end to censorship and bias in the coverage of news.
Portuguese journalist Fernando Teixeira Gomes was ordered to leave the country after he was accused of publishing “hostile reports” against the government.
On the day of the coup, the coup makers forced all the media houses to close down.
Recent remarks by a government minister constitute a form of intimidation that undermines media freedom and independence, says RSF.
The suspension decision follows the paper’s publication of a front page article which authorities charged “deliberately distorts the government’s image.”
“I know this attack was due to the fact that my newspaper had published several articles about drug trafficking in Guinea-Bissau,” said publisher João de Barros.
(RSF/IFEX) – Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Guinea-Bissau’s broadcast media were allowed to resume operating shortly after midday on 2 March 2009 after being ordered off the air the previous night following the murder of the armed forces’ Chief of Staff, which was followed in turn on 2 March by the murder […]
(MFWA/IFEX) – On 11 March 2008, Atizar Mendes Pereira, journalist and director of “Última Hora”, a privately-owned Bissau-based newspaper, was arrested and detained by the Intelligence Service of the Ministry of Interior of Guinea Bissau. Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) correspondent reported that Pereira was interrogated for nearly six hours, before being released. The […]
(IFJ/IFEX) – The following is an IFJ media release: IFJ Says Intimidation of Journalist Must End in Guinea Bissau The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the recent intimidation of the journalist Albert Dabo in Guinea Bissau by the chief of the national navy Rear Admiral Jose Américo Bubo Na Tchuto and the anonymous […]
(IFJ/IFEX) – The following is a 3 September 2007 IFJ media release: IFJ Urges President of Guinea-Bissau to Support Journalists Reporting on Drug Trafficking The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today wrote to President Joao Bernardo Vieira of Guinea Bissau urging him to put an end to the harassment of journalists reporting on drug trafficking […]
(IFJ/IFEX) – The following is a 19 August 2007 IFJ media release: IFJ Calls for Concrete Actions for the Security of Journalists Covering Drug Trafficking in Guinea-Bissau The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the government of Guinea-Bissau to take concrete and effective action to put an end to threats and intimidation of […]
(MFWA/IFEX) – Four journalists in Guinea-Bissau went into hiding on 26 July 2007 for fear of being arrested by the country’s military. The journalists are: Allen Yéro Embalo, correspondent for Radio France International (RFI) and Agence France-Presse (AFP), Alberto Dabo, correspondent for both the BBC’s French-language service and Reuters, as well as journalists Eva Maria […]
(IFJ/IFEX) – The following is an IFJ media release: IFJ condemns the intimidation of journalists covering drug trafficking in Guinea Bissau The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the government of Guinea-Bissau to help end the intimidation of journalists covering the trafficking of drugs in the country and to ensure appropriate compensation is […]