Guinea Bissau: 30 radio stations suspend broadcast

Thirty radio stations in Guinea Bissau have suspended broadcast over an attack on a radio station.

The 24 hour radio blackout was in solidarity with Radio Capital FM which was attacked by some uniformed men.

Seven privately-owned and 23 community radio stations across Guinea Bissau took part in the act termed “a day of silence”.

About thirty journalists also gathered in front of Capital FM’s offices in Bissau to denounce the attack and to show support for the beleaguered radio station.

Radio Capital FM was crippled by an attack from uniformed men which resulted in the destruction of its equipment such as transmitter and mixing console.

The attack followed several threats to the station which its Management says were reported to the police.

“We needed to express our indignation; to send a strong message to the perpetrators that we will not be silenced.

It is also to alert the authorities that we will not accept anything short of thorough investigations into the incident and the prosecution of the culprits,” Indira Correia Balde, President of the journalists’ union Sindicato de Jornalistas e Técnicos de Comunicação Social (SINJOTECS), told the MFWA.

The Police have given no update on the state of the investigations they claim to be conducting.

SINJOTECS, national partner organisation of the MFWA which organised the radio blackout protest has given the police an ultimatum to give an update on the incident.


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