logo 90 anni
aipsmedia appstore ipad
aipsmedia appstore android
Headquarters
National Associations
Continental Sections
Sports
Sport World News
Press Releases
Beijing Olympics 2008
AIPS 90TH ANNIVERSARY CONGRESS, BAKU 2014
RIO 2016
Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Olympic Council of Asia
International Olympic Committee
Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010
WADA
SPORTACCORD
LONDON 2012
Sochi Winter Olympics 2014
QATAR 2022
AIPS Congress Antalya 2010
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
Daegu World Championships in Athletics 2011
Universiade Shenzhen 2011
PyeongChang 2018
EHF
Accreditation
AIPS Congress Seoul
Universiade Shenzhen 2011
Korean Air
FIAS
YOG 2012 Innsbruck
Universiade Gwangju 2015
Professional Development
TIROL
JOB VACANCY
AIPS 75th Anniversary Congress Innsbruck
Procter & Gamble
FINA
Commonwealth Games Federation
FIG
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Brazil 2014
CISM
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, Azerbaijan
AIPS Congress Sochi 2013
Tokyo 2020
FIFA
United World Wrestling
COMMENT
WLA
2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, UAE
IHF
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
AIPS 90th ANNIVERSARY
AIPS FINA YOUNG REPORTERS DOHA 2014
Executive Committee
Continental Sections
National Associations
Commissions
President Board Advisor
Honorary Members
The History of Aips
Statutes
AIPS code of professional conduct standards
Congresses
Executive Committee & Bureau Meetings
AIPS Commissions Meetings
Past Officials
ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012
2008 - 2009 CONCACAF Champions League
2009 International Sporting Events (I)
2009 International Sporting Events (II)
International Cricket Council 2009 Schedule
FIFA Calendar 2009
IOC Calendar 2009
2010 International Sporting Events
2010-2014 FIS Calendar of Events
2010 IHF Calendar
ICF major events 2010
World Sports Calendar 2011
International Amateur Sambo Federation (FIAS) Calendar 2010 - 2013
FIAS Sport Calendar-2015
SPORT WORLD NEWS
Bookmark and Share
German Public TV ZDF censored by authorities in Equatorial Guinea
Steffi Jones, head of the Local Organising Committee, holds the name of Equatorial Guinea during the official FIFA 2011 Women's World Cup final draw in November 2010 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Getty Images)
 
By Christine Otieno, ZDF German Television

NAIROBI   June 16, 2011 - Staff members of Equatoguinean state television TVGE and state security on June 11, 2011 deleted video footage of a German TV team in Malabo, the country’s capital.

ZDF is Germany’s biggest public TV channel, broadcasting the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany starting on June 26th, with the Equatorial Guinean team competing in the World Cup for the first time.

ZDF was granted travel visas by the Ministry of National Security. Being supported by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Information the team filmed stories on women’s football as well as the general situation of Equatorial Guinea including new
investments by the government into infrastructure, local traditions and daily life in Malabo.

This tiny West African state is not featured much in Germany or other European news and this was an opportunity to showcase the country.

ZDF’s Africa correspondent Jorg Brase also interviewed the country’s only opposition MP, Plácido Mico, and human rights lawyer Fabian Nsue Nguema in a bid to understand the dynamics of a country ruled by one man, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for the past 32 years. President Obiang is the current Chairman of the African Union.

On their last night the German TV crew were ordered by the director of state television TVGE, Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba, to hand over their complete video footage. Matomba claimed the team did not have proper accreditation by the Ministry of Information, despite the support they had received from various ministries in their filming. Jorg Brase appeared on the main news after interviewing Ruslan Obiang Nsue, the president’s son and State Secretary of Sports. Brase was also invited as a studio guest in a TVGE talk show on football.

The German TV crew were interviewed on their filming mission in a manner akin to police interrogation. They were accused of trying to present the country in a negative way by interviewing Mico and Nsue Nguema. They were escorted by various personnel, presumably state security, and treated like prisoners. Matomba claimed that the German crew was just permitted to report on Equatoguinean football. Even pictures of children playing football in the slums got deleted with authorities saying the footage cast the country in a bad light by showing poverty.

Brase objected this deleting of foreign video footage as a violation of the freedom of the press. He argued that talking to all sides including government, ordinary people, the opposition and civil society was the best way to show case the country without bias and is a mark of proper journalism. His objections fell on deaf ears and the team was escorted to the airport the next morning and sent back to Kenya. The act of censoring or harassing foreign and local journalists is not new in Equatorial Guinea.

The ZDF team was left with more than half of their footage deleted or confiscated.ZDF German TV’s head office in Mainz, Germany officially protested against this act of state censorship in a letter to the Equatoguinean ambassador in Berlin.

 
 
Video GalleryView all
laureus
specialolympics
world-lotteries
honav
tirol
aips_arabic
Continental Sections 
aips asia
aips america
aips europe
Flash Sport World NewsView all
L'Assemblée nationale interdit les fontaines ŕ sodas en libre service
2/4/15 03:36 - Le Monde
Etats-Unis : McDonald's augmente ses salaires mais la fronde continue
2/4/15 02:57 - Le Monde
How sports world is pushing change to Indiana law
2/4/15 02:47 - USA Today
Hunt back on bench for Reds
2/4/15 02:31 - The Australian
Nightengale: Is Giants' grim spring an aberration?
2/4/15 02:31 - USA Today
Ice-cool Ko aims to have fun at Mission Hills
2/4/15 02:11 - Reuters
Brennan: Tiger needs to play Masters next week
2/4/15 02:06 - USA Today
NHL notebook: Kings' Sekera thought to be serious
2/4/15 01:59 - Toronto Sun
La Californie prend des mesures d'urgence pour faire face ŕ une sécheresse historique
2/4/15 01:37 - Le Monde
Bethlehem Journal: In Four Loops, Marathon Conveys Palestinian Constraints
2/4/15 01:20 - New York Times
Mission Hills fan Lewis targets a third major win
2/4/15 01:16 - Reuters
Charles Piutau: I'll do my best to make All Blacks' World Cup squad
2/4/15 01:15 - TV NZ Rugby
Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. is giving players sexual consent training
2/4/15 01:07 - Daily Mirror
Scott: No GB team missed opportunity
2/4/15 12:58 - BBC Sport
Andros Townsend: I was desperate to tweet critic Paul Merson after my goal against Italy
2/4/15 12:51 - The Independent
Under-21 European Championships: Harry Kane to play in finals as fears of burn-out are dismissed
2/4/15 12:47 - The Independent
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England
2/4/15 12:43 - The Independent
Raheem Sterling: Liverpool insist forward is not for sale as England star hints at move
2/4/15 12:40 - The Independent
9-year-old Rory to Tiger: 'I'm coming to get you'
2/4/15 12:36 - USA Today
He is only 33 but Norwich City's Alex Neil is a manager who knows what he wants and how to get it
2/4/15 12:36 - The Independent
EditorialFocusInterviewProfilesTimeout
Focus
The Ethics 'Iron Lady' of the Olympics

Read more
AIPS Partners 
  IOC
International Olympic Committe
  FIFA
Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  IAAF
International Association of Athletics Federations
  FINA
Federation Internationale de Natation
  FIBA
International Basketball Federation
  FIS
International Ski Federation
  FIG
Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique
  FISU
Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire
  FIAS
Federation International Amateur de Sambo
  UWW
United World Wrestling
  IHF
International Handball Federation
  EHF
European Handball Federation
     
Copyright 2008 AIPS MEDIA | Privacy PolicyWeb Design: Studio Colore