Burkina Faso suspends the broadcast of the media “Jeune Afrique” after the publication of articles evoking tensions within the army

The regime, led by the military after two coups in 2022, has already temporarily or indefinitely suspended the broadcasting of several French television or radio channels.



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Soldiers of the Burkina Faso army, March 14, 2023 in Jacqueville (Ivory Coast), during the annual military exercise "Flintlock" aimed at strengthening the operational capabilities of African armies in the anti-jihadist fight.  (ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

Burkina Faso announced, Monday evening, September 25, the suspension on its territory of Young Africa (paper newspaper, website), a French-speaking media based in France and which has several correspondents and collaborators in Africa and elsewhere. This decision follows the publication of articles evoking tensions within the Burkinabe army.

THE “transitional government” has “decided with full responsibility to suspend until further notice all broadcast media of Young Africa in Burkina Faso from this Monday, September 25″wrote government spokesperson and Minister of Communication, Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo.

LCI, “Libération”, “Le Monde” and France 24 already targeted

The government justifies its decision by the dissemination of several articles, including a final “lie on the newspaper website Young Africatitled: ‘In Burkina Faso, still tensions within the army'” and published Monday. According to the government, “These assertions made deliberately without the shadow of a beginning of proof have the sole aim of casting unacceptable discredit on the National Armed Forces and beyond all the fighting forces.”

For a year, the Burkinabe regime, led by the military after two coups in 2022, has temporarily or sine die suspended the broadcasting of several television or radio channels and expelled foreign correspondents, particularly from French media.

In June, the Burkinabe authorities announced the suspension of the LCI channel for three months, after having expelled the correspondents of the daily newspapers. Release And The world in April. At the end of March, they ordered the sine die suspension of the television channel France 24, after having suspended in December 2022 Radio France Internationale (RFI), French public media accused of having relayed messages from jihadist leaders.

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