Depredador

Teodoro Obiang NGUEMA MBASOGO

Nacido el 6 de mayo de 1942



Teodoro Obiang Nguema se hizo con el poder en 1979 tras un golpe de Estado. 

Después de más de cuatro décadas al frente del país, es el presidente que lleva más años en el cargo del mundo. 



 Guinea Ecuatorial, 164°/180 en la Clasificación Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa 2021



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Dear [Name of Candidate],

I am writing to ask you what you plan to do to defend the First Amendment, freedom of the press, and the fundamental rights of journalists to practice their profession freely in what has become an increasingly hostile environment for information and news providers.

The United States, which enshrines press freedom in the First Amendment of its Constitution, is currently witnessing a drastic decline in media freedom. On June 28, one of the most horrific attacks on press freedom in the United States occurred when five employees, including four reporters, were killed at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. According to the US Press Freedom Tracker, which comprehensively documents press freedom violations in the US committed by national, state, and local authorities as well as private individuals, 33 journalists were arrested, 43 were physically attacked, and 15 seizures of journalists’ equipment occurred in 2017. In one of these incidents, Rep. Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a Guardian journalist the night before his state’s election. While covering the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, journalists were impersonated on social media, impeding their ability to accurately investigate the facts and disseminate information which could be vital to preventing a similar tragedy. This hostility towards the press not only risks compromising the American public’s right to be informed through journalists’ reporting, but can also degrade the public’s trust in the media itself.

This is not a partisan issue; it is a fundamental right that impacts every American no matter their politics. Journalism is at the crux of our democracy, and communities everywhere rely on journalists to provide them with information that is essential to their daily decision-making processes. It was local investigative journalist Curt Guyette who broke the story about Flint, Michigan’s lack of access to clean water in 2014, prompting years of class-action lawsuits, protests, and subsequent federal assistance to the city in order to try to resolve the crisis. Reporters Megan Twohey, Jodi Kantor, and Ronan Farrow publicized sexual assault allegations against influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017, leading to the ubiquitous and powerful #MeToo movement which brought decades of sexual abuse and harassment across multiple industries to light.

Yet freedom of the press in the US is currently in dire need of congressional support. It is our civic duty as one of the world’s leading democracies to uphold principles that support and protect the rights of journalists so that they may hold those in power accountable and ensure an informed and engaged community.

If you are elected, what do you plan to do to protect this utterly essential component of our democracy? What are your plans to protect the public’s right to be informed through a free and independent press?

Sincerely,
[Your name]
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Hello, my name is _______ and I am from [city, state].

I’m calling to let you know that [candidate/representative]'s stance on freedom of the press is extremely important in my decision to vote. I feel that this is not a partisan issue, but a fundamental right that impacts every American no matter their politics.

I have become increasingly concerned with the growing climate of hostility for journalists in this country, and I would like for [candidate/representative] to publicly address what they will do to defend press freedom if [he/she] is elected.

Thank you.
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Freedom of the press is suffering in the US. @[yourcandidate] if you are elected to serve in Congress, what are your plans to protect journalists and our right to be informed? Will you #DefendPressFreedom?

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Press freedom is in steady decline in the US. I want my representative to defend the work of journalists as well as my right to be informed. [@yourcandidate] if you are elected what will you do to protect a free press? #DefendPressFreedom
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Journalists play a crucial role in our democracy by keeping us informed and holding those in power accountable. And yet in the US, attacks on journalists are becoming more common, undermining the media's role and creating opportunities for government overreach, the erosion of press freedom, and impeding our right to be informed. I’m contacting my candidates and encouraging them to defend press freedom during their midterm election campaign. Join me at DefendPressFreedom.com

A free press is essential to our democracy. Communities everywhere rely on journalists to report on our government’s actions and hold public figures accountable, providing us with the information we need to make decisions every day. And yet physical, verbal, and online attacks against journalists in the US are increasing at an astonishing rate. I’m contacting my candidates and encouraging them to defend press freedom during their midterm election campaign. You should too. Read more at DefendPressFreedom.com

Press freedom is declining in the US at an alarming rate. Physical, verbal, and online attacks against journalists have increased drastically in the last two years. As the US midterm elections approach, we must remind our congressional candidates that journalists play a crucial role in our democracy by keeping us informed and holding those in power accountable. I’m contacting my representatives and encouraging them to defend press freedom during their midterm election campaign. Join in and help me spread the word at DefendPressFreedom.com

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    MODO DEPREDACIÓN: dictadura totalitaria




    Teodoro Obiang Nguema gobierna la República de Guinea Ecuatorial con mano de hierro desde que llegó al poder, hace más de 40 años. En este pequeño estado petrolero en el Golfo de Guinea, al que se presenta como la "Kuwait de África", la prensa está amordazada por leyes liberticidas y obsoletas que hacen casi imposible cualquier crítica al presidente y sus políticas. El panorama mediático se limita casi exclusivamente a los medios estatales, cuya misión es replicar la propaganda del gobierno. El país no cuenta con ningún corresponsal en el extranjero y el gobierno no reconoce la existencia de medios independientes. El único canal de televisión privado del país, ASONGA TV, es propiedad del hijo del presidente, quien también ocupa el cargo de vicepresidente del país. El canal está sujeto a una estricta censura. Quienes cruzan las líneas rojas son detenidos o suspendidos. Ese fue el caso, en 2020, de siete periodistas acusados de informar sobre la violencia cometida por los militares durante el confinamiento decretado para luchar contra la epidemia de coronavirus. Tres años antes, se había dado la orden de retirar de la venta y quemar las ediciones de un semanario del gobierno que informaba sobre la presión ejercida sobre los periodistas ecuatoguineanos. Las redes sociales, únicas vías para el libre flujo de información, han sido recientemente objeto de una implacable campaña de descrédito por parte del gobierno.



    OBJETIVOS PREDILECTOS: las voces críticas



    A pesar del poco espacio que tienen para tratar la información con total independencia, los periodistas que se atreven a criticar al presidente, a sus familiares, a las fuerzas de seguridad, la corrupción y la gestión autoritaria del poder, son sistemáticamente detenidos, suspendidos o despedidos. A no ser que se trate de un acontecimiento excepcional, como una competición deportiva organizada por el país, se rechaza invariablemente cualquier solicitud de acreditación de periodistas extranjeros..


    DISCURSO OFICIAL: la charlatanería


    Este país no es ese del que se habla en los medios internacionales. (...) La mayoría de las críticas contra mi país y contra mí no se basan en hechos y realidades. Nuestras puertas están abiertas a los medios de comunicación y a todos los grupos. (...) Deberían venir y verlo por sí mismos". (Teodoro Obiang Nguema en una entrevista a Africa Watch, en septiembre de 2012).