Some international media outlets have published the news that Mr. Onofre Otogo Otogo, arrested for taking part in the failed State Coup attempt in 2017, had died in prison. However, this news is completely false, and Mr. Otogo is serving his sentence and took part recently in the case covering the matter. Once again, important international media organisations and NGOs have been deceived by the hoaxes issued by factions of the Equatorial Guinea radical opposition.
Once again, some factions of the radical and extreme opposition have managed to deceive important international media organisations and NGOs who, for their part, have spread false news in an imprudent and unprofessional manner, without even checking the information.
Specifically, the opposition media of CORED, ASODEGUE and the false activist Tutu Alicante, through the false NGO known as EG JUSTICE, launched this false news of the death of Mr. Onofre Otogo Otogo due to supposed torture in prison, to the international press. In turn, media organisations such as the Spanish Agency EFE spread the news among its members, leading them to publish news that was completely false.
Mr. Onofre Otogo Otogo not only has not died, but over the past few days was giving his testimony in the case regarding the failed State Coup in 2017, for which he was detained.
This is the time line of the media lie:
9th FEBRUARY 2019: the association CORED, closely linked to the attempted State Coup, declared via its web page that Onofre Otogo Otogo had been “murdered during torture sessions”.
11th FEBRUARY 2019: the ASODEGUE web site (with its headquarters in Spain), associated with the political party Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS), also published this news, adding that: “very reliable sources confirm the death of Onofre Otogo Otogo Ayecaba. The Equatoguinean authorities have recently returned the body to his family and he was buried in the village of his birth close to Mongomo”.
13th FEBRUARY 2019: the NGO EG JUSTICE (with headquarters in Spain, and led by Tutu Alicante) announced that it had become aware of the death of Mr. Otogo through family members and a lawyer. EG Justice even asked that “the UN Human Rights Council investigated the matter”.
14th FEBRUARY 2019: the Spanish news agency EFE took the false news from Tutu Alicante, apparently without confirming it and with no concern whatsoever. Some Spanish media outlets such as La Vanguardia and others, published the dispatch from EFE.
15th FEBRUARY 2019: a joint declaration from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch cautiously commented on the possible false news regarding the supposed death of Otogo.
20th MARCH 2019: Asodegue admitted its mistake and denied its own information, before apologising to the family of Mr. Otogo.
To date, only ASODEGUE has admitted having spread false information regarding this matter. Neither Tutu Alicante, nor Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch or the EFE Agency have published with full clarity that this matter is new false news, a hoax launched by these opposition groups, with the sole political strategy of launching continuous false, negative news to harm the image of Equatorial Guinea and that of its institutions.
From the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, we ask the media that have passed on this new false news to clarify for their readers the reality of the situation.
In the same way, from the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, we urge the international media to work professionally, cross-checking and verifying data and news regarding our country, given the continuous campaign that these opposition groups use to launch continuous lies, hoaxes and falsehoods on the situation in Equatorial Guinea, in accordance with the instructions from their financiers, who are none other than the great international lobbies that are trying to create instability in our country, to take control of our energy resources.
Finally, we remind the international media that to publish false news only contributes towards a deterioration in their own credibility and dependability, and creates a poor image for their readers.
Source: National Office of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea