In a letter to President Lansana Conté, RSF protested the
arrest of the weekly "L’Aurore"’s publication director. "Legal procedures
are casually held up to ridicule in this affair," stated Robert Ménard, the
organisation’s secretary-general. "Journalists accused of violating the
press law are granted twenty days before being heard, according to Guinean
law. The law also grants them the option of declining to reveal their
sources," he recalled. RSF called for the journalist’s immediate release.
According to information collected by RSF, on 29 January 2002, Alcoumba
Diallo, founder and publication director of the weekly "L’Aurore", was
arrested by security forces and taken to the Kaloum Police’s third mobile
station. He was interrogated about his sources by Commander Soumah,
President Conté’s aide-de-camp. This followed the publication of an article
in the newspaper’s 11 to 15 January issue which reported that some of the
National Navy’s ships are owned by the president’s family.
RSF recalled that three journalists were arrested in Guinea in 2001. Two of
them were sentenced to several months’ imprisonment for criticising senior