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Editor arrested, detained incommunicado

(MFWA/IFEX) - Amara Camara, editor of "Le Confidentiel", a privately-owned Conakry-based weekly newspaper, was on August 9, 2009 reportedly picked up in the morning by military personnel on the orders of Commander Moussa Tiegbro, a member of the ruling National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD). He is being held at Alpha Yaya camp, the seat of the military junta.

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)'s correspondent reported that although there is no official explanation for Camara's arrest, he is believed to have been picked up for comments he made on the privately-owned Nostagie FM challenging Commander Tiegbro over a group of suspects allegedly manufacturing dangerous chemicals. Camara said on the radio that contrary to the commander's claim, the chemicals were not dangerous.

The correspondent said Commander Tiegbro, who was listening to the programme, ordered Camara's arrest.

The MFWA is concerned about the repeated arrests of journalists and their detention at the Alpha Yaya Camp. We condemn this latest arrest and call for the release of the journalist without further delay.

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