Press conference by Minister for Information on Press freedom Day

Around ten national media and written press organisations attended a press conference given by the Minister for Information, Press and Radio, Eugenio Nze Obiang. In his declarations he warned that “we are much better than before, but that does not mean we have achieved our objectives”.

The minister highlighted the existence of around fifty-four private media periodicals, of which eight are being subsidised by the Government, without control over editorial issues. He also affirmed that the Government has prepared a Press and Printing Law.

On the question of whether there is freedom of expression in Equatorial Guinea, Nze Obiang stressed that “each State sees this in its own way based on its idiosyncrasies, and the greatest freedom is respect for the established regulations. In Equatorial Guinea, the activity of journalism is freely exercised, there are no imprisoned journalists and the Government does not determine editorial policies. We are open to the media”.

Responding to other questions put regarding his evaluation during his mandate, he said that it was positive “a continuation of those who came before. We have not found a situation beginning at zero, nor have we reached the summit”.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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