By Ebi Kesiena
Local media reports that Guinea’s security forces have taken custody of 12 journalists protesting against media censorship.
According to local media, one of the people arrested during the protest was Sekou Jamal Pendessa, who is the Secretary-General of the Union of Professionals of the Press of Guinea (SPPG).
The union organized a protest in the capital city of Conakry to ask the government to remove restrictions on a well-liked news website called Guineematin. They also protested against other actions that limit people’s freedom to report news.
Guineematin has been unavailable in Guinea for the past two months, according to reports.
The group in charge of Guinea, which has stopped people from protesting since 2022, has not given a reason for why they are blocking protests.
“The police and gendarmerie forces used tear gas against us,” said Abdouramane Diallo, an official from the SPPG, in an interview with AFP.
According to him, a reporter was injured during the protests.
However, the reporters have been taken to a court because they were accused of being involved in a gathering that was against the law.