Minister for Information provided press conference to mark International Free Press Day

The Minister for Information, Press and Radio, Eugenio Nze Obiang, responded via current regulations covering the Press and Printing in Equatorial Guinea to concerns expressed by the media, who had an appointment at the ministerial department on the afternoon of Wednesday 2nd May.

The main state and private media, both national and international, operating in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, had an appointment at the Ministry for Information, in order that the Minister Nze Obiang could clarify doubts regarding International Free Press Day in Equatorial Guinea.

The departmental head mentioned the huge support provided by the Government to private and State press, The Government will not spare efforts to support the written press, and the media in general. Not long ago, the Government subsidised the private and state media, in order to support them in their mission. Another of the aims outlined at the Ministry is to continue to support the training of human resources in order to continue to professionalise personnel and services of the media in our country”.

In relation to the participation of the written press in Government and official activities, the minister pointed out that reporters must continue to knock on the door in order to receive viable information, and establish more links with these institutions, Regarding Government bodies, the Government has taken the initiative to raise awareness in the various ministerial departments, so that they may effectively open the doors to the media and provide them with information. On the other hand, reporters must come to these institutions often, in order to gather more information and write chronicles on the economy, infrastructure, society, agriculture, etc.”

Among other issues raised, Nze Obiang said that the reporters should report objectively on what happens in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and reporters should get to the places where events occur and report to the population with objectivity and efficiency. He stated that at no time had the Government intervened in editorials in any media organisation, and had provided access to all the political parties in order to inform their militants via television, radio and the written press.

In addition, in response to questions referring to the current laws governing the sector on the press and printing, he also underlined the fact that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is a country which has enjoyed only enjoyed fifty years of freedom from colonialism, and that the media began to rise only about a decade ago.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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