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Local authorities shut down radio station, arrest two journalists

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 18 January 2011, armed gendarmes in N'Zérékoré, a province about 1000 km south of Conakry, the capital of Guinea, stormed the premises of privately-owned Liberté FM on the orders of Niokoro Camara, a state prosecutor at N'Zérékoré magistrate court.

The gendarmes also arrested and detained Theodore Lama and Daniel Loua, two journalists of the station, who were on air at the time of the raid.

The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent in Guinea reported the closure followed a political programme broadcast by Liberte FM that the authorities said could undermine the constitutional government of newly sworn-in President Alpha Conde.

The correspondent said the station was broadcasting the programme in which callers were calling for the return of former military junta head, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who is convalescing in Burkina Faso, after surviving an assassination attempt in 2009.

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