Burkina Faso Junta Shuts Down Radio Station For Speaking Against Niger Coup

Radio Omega, one of the popular radio stations in Burkina Faso, has been suspended by the Burkina Faso junta-led government on Thursday for criticizing the Niger Republic coup.

The radio reportedly had an interview with Ousmane Abdoul Moumouni, the spokesman of a newly established Nigerien group campaigning to return the country’s elected President, Mohamed Bazoum to power, The Guardian reports.

Reacting to the interview, Burkina Faso’s Communications Minister Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouedraogo in a statement on Thursday, announced that the radio station was immediately suspended in the higher interests of the nation until further notice.

“Moumouni made insulting comments with regard to the new Nigerien authorities.

“His organisation is clearly campaigning for violence and war against the sovereign people of Niger and seeks to restore Bazoum by every means”, Ouedraogo said.

Recall that Niger’s president, was overthrown on 26 July 2023, by members of the Presidential Guard.

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