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Newspaper suspended for three months for criticising minister, journalists prohibited from working for other media outlets

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 15 September 2008, the National Communications Council (CNC), the media regulatory body in Guinea, suspended "La Vérité", a Conakry-based weekly newspaper, for three months for allegedly using "offensive language" that the CNC said could "undermine the honour and dignity" of the public.

The newspaper will be out of circulation until 15 December.

MFWA's correspondent reported that the paper's managing editor, Thiernodio Diallo, and his reporters have also been banned from establishing or working in another media outlet during the period of the suspension.

The correspondent said the CNC also accused the newspaper of violating the ethics of the profession.

In its 12 September edition, "La Vérité" published an article headlined, "Gentlemen's agreement broken!" The article claimed that a minister, whose name was not mentioned, had done a disservice to the country and referred to an "axis of evil especially as a public insulter and an expert in dirty jobs and intrigues", which the CNC found to be insulting to the public.

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