In the latest steps to reject the French presence in Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou suspended, on Saturday, the broadcasts of Radio France International, accusing it of broadcasting false reports.
And the military government in Burkina Faso announced, in a statement today, Saturday, that it had suspended Radio France International broadcasting in the country, accusing it of broadcasting false reports and giving a media outlet to terrorists.
The statement said, “Radio France International (Radio France International) broadcast on Saturday a message from the leader of an armed group in which he threatened the population.”
And at the beginning of the week, the “Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wa al-Muslimeen,” affiliated with al-Qaeda, published a video clip showing one of its leaders in Burkina Faso threatening to attack villages defended by the “Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland” composed of civilian elements to support the army, which has just recruited 90,000 members within three weeks. To counter the escalation of “terrorist” attacks.
Government spokesman Jean-Emmanuel Ouedraogo said, in a statement, that the radio, by transmitting this message, is contributing to “the desperate maneuver of terrorist groups with the aim of deterring thousands of citizens of Burkina Faso who have been mobilized to defend the homeland.”
He said that Radio (RFI) also rebroadcast a press report stating that the country’s president, Captain Ibrahim Traore, said that there was a coup attempt aimed at overthrowing him, despite the government’s denial of the validity of that report.