Knight International Journalism Fellowships

Guinea: Helping Journalists Hold Officials Accountable


In a country where a stable government is slowly starting to emerge after years of conflict, Knight International worked with radio journalists to monitor political leaders. Knight Fellow Vianney Missumbi also helped improve election coverage, despite repeated postponements of the vote. He revived a journalism association and enabled reporters to break stories that are prompting local officials to address important issues.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trained radio journalists to cover local issues such as the failure of the government in the city of Nzerekore to collect garbage, leading to an outbreak of disease. After the story was published, the government ordered a cleanup.

  • Revived the Guinean Observatory of Media Professional Ethics (OGUIDEM), an association that now monitors the media and provides resources to journalists.

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