Information hero

Johnny Bissakonou

The “ordinary citizen’s spokesman” is how Johnny Bissakonou describes himself. Blogger, journalist, radio host, media editor – he has worn many caps during years of trying to provide as much information as possible about Central African Republic. His goal? To expose what’s going on and work for a more democratic society. When the rebel Seleka coalition seized power in March 2012, he courageously reported its use of violence against civilians. This put him straight on to the Seleka blacklist and he finally fled the country after repeated threats and his brother’s murder by militiamen who were looking for him. From exile, he continues to address the international population on his blog and by radio, hoping to be able to go back when his country is at peace again.