Zimbabwe’s regime got so nervous about events in North Africa, that police arrested and tortured 45 people watching videotaped footage of the protests in Egypt. Meanwhile, other countries on the continent have a total news blackout on news from the north. One of them is Equatorial Guinea (that’s its President, Theodoro Obiang posing with his wife and Barack and Michelle Obama above), where, as the Committee to Protect Journalists reports, the government propaganda minister stormed into a studio at the state broadcaster and ordered a journalist off the air indefinitely after he dared to mention Libya. The station has a policy that its journalists and presenters can’t say the words Libya, Tunisa, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Yemen, and Ivory Coast. For real:
A state radio presenter’s reference to Libya during a live radio program on Friday led censors to abruptly force the journalist off the air and order an indefinite suspension from the country’s tightly monitored national airwaves, according to local journalists and news reports … On Friday, Equatorial Guinean Secretary of State for Information and Press Federico Abaga Ondo stormed into the studios of government-controlled national broadcaster RTVGE and ordered producers to kill the microphone of presenter Juan Pedro Mendene, according to local journalists. Ondo then ordered Mendene, who was presenting his weekly hour-long, French-language call-in educational program “Détente Intégrale,” (Total Relaxation) out of the studio, forbidding him to return to the studio, according to the same sources.
Via Mohamed Keita.