China ‘toxic for Africa freedom’ – BBC

February 13th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

The increase in the arrest and imprisonment of journalists in Africa in the last year has been partly blamed on China by Reporters Without Borders.

“The influence of China in African affairs has been very toxic for democracy,” the media watchdog’s Leonard Vincent told the BBC.

He said China gave aid without asking for political reforms in return.

While increasing national pride within Africa had made it difficult for Western countries to assert pressure.

The Paris-based group said many governments now took action against the media irrespective of international opinion.

In its annual survey of press freedom, it mentions serial offenders like Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zimbabwe and The Gambia.

But it is also critical of places like Rwanda, Mali and Benin – where it says media freedom used to be respected.

“African governments all over the continent have dared to do this year what they didn’t dare to do the previous year,” Mr Vincent told the BBC’s Network Africa programme.

“Jailing journalists is routine now… for doing something that governments don’t like or irritates ministers or heads of state.

“Even in democratic countries which we had placed a lot of hopes like Benin or Mali.”

Eritrea came bottom of the media watchdog’s world press freedom list for the first time as it says the situation in the country “has gone from bad to worse”.

“The country has been cut off from the rest of the world since major police round-ups in September 2001 and at least four journalists have died in prison,” the report says.

  1. Damitew
    | #1

    From the kind of democracy we are experaincing and preached from the west” like the woyane and Kibakitype” it is better to get some finacial benefit from the no string attached realation ship of china with africa. China is 100% better than the west for africa.

  2. Hagos
    | #2

    Thanks western we do not need your democracy. For the last 60 years western countries especially US and EU have made crime against humanity in Africa and still creating political instability by spreading ethinic and religion divisions and iterference in domostic politics of Africa. We Africa suffered injusts and buritality by US lead western country and remains poor. Now when the estern block Great China helps Africa without any condition western countries startes to stop the aid by accusing the countries viloting human right and lack of democracy. Teh human right organisation and aid charits are work for CIA and other western intlegent agences and creat political and ethinical crisis in order to impulment western policy. Why now the west cry? We African for the last 60years learn alot and now to let to stop Chain from doing bussines with Africa. Western countries such US and EU started to creat politicla crises every where in Africa in order to implument thier policy, however now African political leders excerciesing thier mind and understand what the west needs and making strong relation with china. US and EU supports governments put interest of their people back in to the rubbish and support US and EU policy. US in recent years supports governments involved in Terrorist and undemocratic. US policy now exposed and no longer it work in the world.

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