Military junta again blocks media activities in Burkina Faso | News Fin

The ruling military junta in Burkina Faso has again blocked new international media from operating in the country.

The list of banned media includes Le Monde and Guardian magazines and the Deutsche Welle television channel. The media reported on a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), which accused the government's armed forces of attacking civilians. The military junta has denied that its soldiers killed at least 223 civilians in two separate attacks in February.

The junta justified its ban by claiming that the media was intended to discredit the armed forces.

The State Communications Commission had already announced on Thursday that it had instructed service providers to block access to BBC and Voice of America content.

HRW described the bloodshed as the worst in Burkina Faso since 2015.

The mass killings — which appear to be part of a large-scale campaign by the armed forces against civilians accused of collaborating with armed Islamist groups — could be crimes against humanity, the organization said in a statement Thursday.

The military seized power in Burkina Faso in 2022 and its armed forces have been battling jihadists who entered the country from Mali in 2015.

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