France slams Guinea media clampdown

28th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

France on Thursday urged Guinea's President Alpha Conde to repeal a ban on media referring to a recent assassination attempt against him.

"This ban is a serious breach of freedom of expression," said French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero. "We ask President Conde to reconsider this decision in his role as guardian of freedom in Guinea."

Press unions said Wednesday that the Guinean government had banned media from referring to the assassination bid.

Conde, who came to power in the west African country in a presidential election in November, survived a rocket attack on his residence last week.

"The attack against President Conde cannot justify restrictions of basic freedoms," Valero said, urging Guinea to hold legislative elections speedily.

© 2011 AFP

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