Burkina Faso suspends BBC and Voice of America after reports of mass killings

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File photo of mural in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. | Photo credit: AP

Burkina Faso has suspended the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Voice of America (VOA) radio stations over their coverage of a Human Rights Watch report on a massacre of civilians by the country’s armed forces.

Burkina Faso’s communications spokesperson Tonssira Myrian Corine Sanou said late on April 25 that both radio stations would be suspended for two weeks, and warned other media networks to avoid reporting on the story.

According to the report published by Human Rights Watch on April 25, the military killed about 223 civilians, including 56 children, in villages accused of collaborating with militants. The report received a lot of attention in the international media, including the Associated press.

“VOA stands by its coverage of Burkina Faso and intends to continue to provide full and fair coverage of its activities in the country,” the network said in a news article about its suspension.

The BBC did not respond to a request for comment.

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