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Burkina Coupists Should Not Harm Foreign, Local Journalists

Posted: Sep 18, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Funmi Falobi


The International Press Centre (IPC) has strongly condemned the palace ‘coup’ in Burkina Faso by Presidential Guards led by one Gilbert Diendere.

IPC is particularly concerned about the fate of international and local journalists as well as freedom of expression activists currently gathered in the country for the annual International Festival of the Freedom of Expression and the Press (FILEP) from September 16 to 19.

Incidentally, the theme of this year’s celebration by The Norbert Zongo National Press Center (CNP-NZ) is “Media and political changes in Africa: What contribution?”

IPC warned the Coupists against harming the journalists and activists in any way as they would be held responsible should they become targets of attacks by rampaging soldiers.

Among the international media professionals currently confined to their hotels in the country’s capital, Ouagadougou are IPC’s Program Associate, Mr. Sanmi Falobi, the secretary of the Abuja Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Emma Ogbechie and the President of the West African Journalists Association (WAJA), Mr. Peter Quaqua.

IPC called on the Nigerian Government, the ECOWAS Commission and the African Union to take urgent measures to protect foreign and local civilians including the journalists and activists.

IPC also called on International, regional and national media bodies, freedom of expression and human rights groups to demand the safety of the journalists and activists.

Any form of military intervention is undemocratic, anti-people and unacceptable. The sooner the Coupists realise this and let the people of Burkina Faso freely and democratically elect their leaders, the better.