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UN say it is “deeply dismayed” following Mali’s decision to ban French media for ‘good’

The United Nations laments the decision by Mali to suspend two French broadcasters, RFI and France 24. Recall that, the Malian military government suspended the two channels earlier for what authorities termed false publication.

Series of reports produced and amplified by the said media outlets made wild claims including an allegation that, the army killed civilians and also subjected many people to torture. The army denied the publications, stating that they were deliberately made to tarnish their image.

The authorities said such reports are “a premeditated strategy aimed at destabilising the political transition,” adding that, French media equally planned to “demoralise the Malian people and discrediting the Malian army.”

Since the suspension, France Medias Monde, the state-owned parent company of both the RFI and France 24 has been trying all means possible to negotiate with the army for a reinstatement. In a recent statement, the company said it “strongly contests the definitive decision to suspend” its outlets.

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The United Nations also joined the struggle to get the platforms back on air in the West African country. Spokesman for the UN High Commissioner told the press that, “We are deeply dismayed by the Malian media regulator’s decision to definitively suspend Radio France International [RFI] and France24.”

Do you think authorities in Mali should allow the two media outlets to operate in the country again?  

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