Guinea-Bissau’s Journalists Are Under Attack

A large crowd gathers to listen to then-presidential candidate Kumba Yala speak in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, June 26, 2009 (AP photo by Fid Thompson).
A large crowd gathers to listen to then-presidential candidate Kumba Yala speak in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, June 26, 2009 (AP photo by Fid Thompson).
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Back in 2000, Paula Silva de Melo, a veteran journalist, took to Guinea-Bissau’s national television channel, RTGB, to read aloud a communique that openly criticized the government. Guinea-Bissau had just come out of a civil war that had left media institutions and journalists in a precarious position. Many broadcasters and publications had suffered serious damage to their equipment, and the few outlets that remained active were little more than propaganda tools for the war’s belligerents. But the country was embarking on a liberalization process that promised to expand press freedoms. Journalists like de Melo were eager to hold power accountable, […]

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