Prédateur

Teodoro Obiang NGUEMA MBASOGO

Né le 05/06/1942



Président de la république de l'Érythrée 

depuis le 19 mai 1993



Guinée équatoriale, 164e/180 au Classement de la liberté de la presse 2021


Teodoro Obiang Nguema s’empare du pouvoir en 1979 après un coup d’Etat. Après plus de quatre décennies à la tête du pays, il est actuellement le plus ancien président en exercice au monde

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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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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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    MODE DE PRÉDATION : dictature totalitaire



    Teodoro Obiang Nguema dirige la république de la Guinée équatoriale d’une main de fer depuis son accession au pouvoir, il y a plus de 40 ans. Dans ce petit État pétrolier du golfe de Guinée, présenté comme le « Koweït de l’Afrique », la presse est muselée par des lois liberticides et obsolètes qui rendent toute critique du président et de sa politique quasiment impossible. Le paysage médiatique se limite presque exclusivement aux médias d’État chargés de relayer la propagande du gouvernement. Le pays ne compte aucun correspondant étranger, et le pouvoir ne reconnaît pas l'existence des médias indépendants. L’unique chaîne de télévision privée du pays, ASONGA TV, est détenue par le fils du président, qui occupe en parallèle le poste de vice-président du pays. La chaîne est soumise à une censure stricte. Ceux qui franchissent les lignes rouges sont arrêtés ou suspendus, comme ce fut le cas, en 2020, de sept journalistes accusés d’avoir relayé les violences commises par les militaires lors du confinement décrété pour lutter contre l’épidémie de coronavirus. Trois ans plus tôt, ordre avait été donné de retirer de la vente et de brûler les éditions d’un hebdomadaire gouvernemental qui rendait compte des pressions exercées sur les journalistes équato-guinéens. Les réseaux sociaux, seule alternative viable à la libre circulation de l’information, font depuis récemment l’objet d’une campagne de décrédibilisation sans répit du gouvernement.  


    CIBLES DE PRÉDILECTION : les voix critiques



    Les journalistes qui osent critiquer le président, ses proches, les forces de sécurité, la corruption et la gestion autoritaire du pouvoir malgré le peu d’espace qui s’offre à eux pour traiter l’information en toute indépendance sont systématiquement arrêtés, suspendus ou renvoyés. Sauf événement exceptionnel comme une compétition de sport accueillie par le pays, toute demande d’accréditation de journalistes étrangers est invariablement refusée.


    DISCOURS OFFICIEL : la langue de bois

    “Ce pays n'est pas celui dont on parle dans les médias internationaux. (...) La plupart des critiques contre mon pays et moi-même ne sont pas basées sur des faits et des réalités. Nos portes sont ouvertes aux médias et à tous les groupes. (...) Ils devraient venir voir les choses par eux-mêmes.” (Teodoro Obiang Nguema dans une interview, Africa Watch, septembre 2012.)