Authorities in Guinea have authorised three private radio stations to operate in the country, ostensibly ending a government monopoly on the broadcast media.
Radio Liberty fm, Radio Soleil and Radio Nostalgie have been given licenses. But it's unclear when they would begin broadcasting: they have not yet been assigned frequencies. Also approved to run on an fm frequency was Radio France Internationale. "We are convinced that pluralising the airwaves will remove us from the disinformation, misinformation and marginalisation in our society," said information minister Boubacar Sylla.
It's quite clear that the move has come in the wake of much international pressure. Multilateral donor agencies, for example, have repeatedly pressed Guinea to take steps towards democratic reform, such as expanding press freedom. It's pressure that a country hard pressed for finances can ill-afford.
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