Burkina Faso expels two journalists working for French newspapers

Burkina Faso expels two journalists working for French newspapers
# 02 April 2023 20:12 (UTC +04:00)

Burkina Faso has expelled two French journalists working for newspapers Le Monde and Liberation, the two newspapers said on Sunday, accusing the authorities of seeking to stifle freedom of speech with an escalating crackdown on foreign media, APA reports citing Reuters.

Liberation said its correspondent Agnès Faivre and Le Monde’s Sophie Douce arrived in Paris early on Sunday after they were summoned separately for questioning by the military authorities on Friday and later notified of their expulsion.

The two are “journalists of perfect integrity, who worked in Burkina Faso legally, with valid visas and accreditations … We strongly protest against these absolutely unjustified expulsions,” Liberation said in an editorial statement on its website.

There was no statement from the authorities in Burkina Faso. The French foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

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