Guinea junta curbs media, strike looms

Guinea’s press union, the SPPG, is preparing for a general strike after the ruling junta banned four radio stations and two television channels, causing hundreds of job losses in the media sector.

The move, described by the SPPG as “repressive” and a “social and humanitarian disaster,” has heightened tensions in the already unstable West African nation. 

The union estimates over 700 media jobs have been lost and is calling on other labor unions to join their cause.

The junta claims the banned outlets, including FIM FM, Radio Espace FM, Sweet FM, Djoma FM, Djoma TV, and Espace TV, violated “content specifications” and engaged in “frequent misconduct.”

They further justified the action by citing the need to protect “human dignity” and prevent media from undermining “stability and national security.”

This is not the first time the junta, which seized power in 2021, has targeted the media. 

Prime Minister Amadou Oury Bah further defended the move, drawing parallels with instances of media fueling violence in Rwanda and Ivory Coast.

However, the SPPG rejects these justifications and insists freedom of press does not equate to “absolute licence to insult or defame.”

The media crackdown comes amid a tense social and political climate in Guinea. 

The general strike threat adds another layer of uncertainty and raises concerns about the future of press freedom in the country. 

The international community is likely to monitor the situation closely, urging the junta to respect media rights and find peaceful solutions to the ongoing crisis.

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