BBC and Voice of America suspended in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has suspended radio stations BBC and Voice of America for reporting on a Human Rights Watch report on civilian massacres by Burkina Faso’s military.

Burkina Faso’s press secretary Tonsila Milian Corinne Sanou announced on Thursday night that two radio stations would be taken off the air for two weeks and warned other media networks not to cover the matter.

The military has killed some 223 civilians, including 56 children, in villages accused of collaborating with insurgents, according to a report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch. The report was widely covered by international media, including the Associated Press.

“VOA maintains its coverage of Burkina Faso and will continue to provide full and fair coverage of activities in the country,” the channel said in a news article announcing the suspension.

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