Guinea ALERT: Broadcast journalist attacked, his vehicle vandalized

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kaleb Kolié, Director of  Information of Familia FM, a privately-owned Conakry-based radio  station was on August 13, 2008, attacked by four unknown assailants  allegedly for criticizing the wrongs of  the Guinean society.

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)’s correspondent reported that, two of the assailants approached Kolié’s vehicle in the morning of the day of the incident and began hitting his car with stones and iron bars.

Kolié told the correspondent that he sped off to escape further attack from the assailants, who attempted opening the car. Although the reasons for journalist’s attack remain unknown, Kolié believes it might be due to a popular programme he hosts. The programme “Société Débat” provides a platform where for discussing the actions of public and private officials.

Kolié told the correspondent that prior to the attack he had received several death threats on his mobile phone, warning him to discontinue the programme “if (he does not) want to die”.

Media Foundation for West Africa