Published on Monday, 23 July 2012 14:16
Journalists in Mali observed a "news balckout" and marched in Bamako, the country's capital, last week to protest against the kidnappings and beating of their colleagues, reads a Mali Press Centre statement. In a Press Release from the Mali Press Centre:
Under the leadership of the Malian Press center, organizations and associations of Malian journalists for the private and public sector have decided to protest against aggression, intimations, kidnappings and other bullying experienced by Malian journalists for nearly three months.
Through a peaceful march from the headquarters of the newspaper The Independent to Prime minister office (about 5 kms away), they said NO to what suffers Saouti Haidara, director of the Independent newspaper and all other colleagues assaulted and / or intimidated.
At the Prime Minister office where they were received by the Minister Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Oumar Kanoute, a statement was read and delivered to the attention of the head of government. The document condemns all violations of freedom found in Mali for a while.
Walkers of Tuesday, July 17 in Bamako were about a thousand. In addition to this march, it is important to note that a day PRESS DEAD was also very well organized and followed by all editors: No private radio (except one), no private newspaper in kiosks. The only private TV Africable cut its national feed.