Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today has backed the Day without press that
journalists in Mali have started until Boukary Daou is released. Daou who is
the managing editor of the daily “Le Républicain” was arrested on March 6 after
the publication of an open letter written by soldiers against Captain Amadou
Haya Sanogo, former coup leader.
“We are in
solidarity with journalists in Mali in this difficult period and call on
authorities to release Boukary Daou and start dialogue with the journalists’
fraternity,” said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director. “The numerous arrests and
intimidations by the military coup makers have shown that the situation of
press freedom in Mali is deteriorating and that must stop”.
Boukary Daou was
arrested in the premises of his newspaper by officers of the State security because
of the March 6 issue of the newspaper’s headlines carrying an open letter
written by Malian soldiers at the frontline in the North of the country. The
soldiers have declared in the open letter being upset by the 6000 Euros monthly
salary granted to Captain Sanogo in his new appointment as President of the
Military Follow-Up Committee for the Reform of the Defense and Security
The IFJ believes
that Boukary Daou has only been arrested because the open letter his newspaper
published was embarrassing for Captain Sanogo and the coup makers in Bamako.
“The publication of the letter cannot be the reason to arrest a journalist who
has done nothing but disclosed the opinion of the military on the battle field.
We don’t see how this letter cause soldiers to abandon the operations in the
frontline as expressed by some authorities in Mali”, Baglo added.
journalist fraternity in Mali has called for the immediate release of Boukary
Daou and the respect by security forces of national media laws. Journalists are
subjected to a specific law which guarantees the free exercise of their work,
including protecting their sources”, said Makan Koné, President of “The Press House”
recently documented several cases of harassments and intimidations against
journalists in Mali, the IFJ joins its affiliate Union Nationale des
Journalistes du Mali (UNAJOM) and its partner The
Press House to
state that the war and the imposition of
a state of emergency cannot justify intimidation of journalists, as the
citizens deserve a minimum of information on the operations and the
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