Guinea: U.S. Urges Authorities to Restore Press Freedom

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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After a six-day visit to Guinea, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa concluded his trip on Wednesday. While the American diplomat engaged with numerous government officials, he did not secure a meeting with the transitional president. Michael Heath reiterated the United States’ commitment to democratic transition and press freedom.

During his visit, Heath had discussions with representatives from civil society and held meetings with the President of the National Transitional Council and several ministers, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs. “I came here to gain insights into Guinea’s efforts to implement the transition, in line with the agreed-upon schedule with ECOWAS. The process is set to conclude on January 1, 2025,” stated Michael Heath.

Expressing concern over a potential slowdown in the transition process, the Deputy Assistant Secretary also addressed issues related to the respect of fundamental liberties. “Recent actions against various media groups and restrictions on social media access in Guinea violate human rights and Guinea’s international commitments. We urge the authorities to take all necessary measures to restore freedom of expression and press freedom,” said Heath.

Heath emphasized that his government eagerly anticipates the conclusion of the transition to provide full support to Guinea and lift the sanctions imposed since the coup. The U.S. reaffirms its dedication to the principles of democracy and human rights, urging Guinea to uphold these values throughout its transitional period.

Soukaina Sghir

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