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November 4, 2014

Emergency in Burkina Faso: Call for respect of free-flow of information

Blaise Compaore has just announced his resignation after 27 years as Burkina Faso’s president. He has given in to the massive demonstrations that have shaken the country for the past week and took violent turn Thursday last. On October 30, demonstrators protesting against a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow President Blaise Compaoré another term, stormed the state-owned national broadcaster, Radiodiffusion Télévision du Burkina (RTB). Programmes were interrupted in the morning... MORE
October 31, 2014

Press in Burkina Faso must be protected amid anti-government protests

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed alarm that protesters stormed and looted the offices of Burkina Faso's national broadcaster Radiodiffusion Television du Burkina in the capital, Ouagadougou, Thursday. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest a constitutional amendment that would allow President Blaise Compaore to seek re-election next year, according to reports. "It is clear that the Burkina Faso public is out for change. But in critical times like these... MORE
April 4, 2014

African Court says Burkina Faso failed to investigate murder properly

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has ruled that Burkina Faso failed to properly investigate the 1998 murder of Norbert Zongo , the editor of the Ouagadougou-based weekly L’Indépendant . The burned bodies of Zongo and three other people were found in a car on December 13, 1998. At the time of his death, Zongo had been investigating the suspicious death in prison of David Ouédraogo, the driver of presidential advisor François Compaoré, the president’ brother. “This decision sends a... MORE
December 14, 2010

Call to combat impunity on 12th anniversary of journalist’s murder

It's the 12th anniversary of newspaper editor Norbert Zongo’s murder. But Burkina Faso authorities are still stalling an investigation into his death. “How is it possible that the investigation into Zongo’s death is still paralysed,” asks Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) secretary-general Jean-François Julliard. “The years are passing but the wound left by this murder is still open and there has been no let-up in the public’s demands for the case to be solved. The... MORE