Press freedom body pleads for Guinean journalist

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The African bureau of Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday demanded the release of a Guinean journalist who was arrested in Conakry Tuesday.
In a letter to Guinea' minister of communication and culture Mamadou Conde, the Abidjan-based office protested against the arrest of Tibou Camara, publisher of the privately owned weekly "L"Observateur.
" RSF's secretary general Robert Menard told the minister that the paper had "only exercised its right to inform" as envisage under several international treaties to which Guinea is a signatory.
Menard added that Kamara was the second journalist to be imprisoned in Guinea this year.
Conakry's anti-gang police arrested Tibou Kamara in front of his paper's offices.
Witnesses, including his fellow journalists said the police beat him up before taking him to the Conakry central prison.
RSF recalled that another journalist, Aboubacar Sakho of the "Nouvel Observateur" was sentenced to one-year imprisonment on 14 February 2001.
He was released following a presidential pardon.

09 may 2001 20:21:00




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