Burkina Faso


Alerts   |   Burkina Faso

CPJ condemns dropped charges in Zongo case

New York, July 20, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the decision of a judge in Burkina Faso to drop charges against the only suspect in the 1998 murder of a journalist probing criminal allegations against the president’s family.

Prosecutors said yesterday an examining magistrate had granted their request to drop the case against a member of the presidential guard indicted in the killing of Norbert Zongo, editor of the weekly L’Indépendant in the capital Ouagadougou. They said examining magistrate Wenceslas Ilboudo had dismissed charges against Warrant Officer Marcel Kafando, a member of the Presidential Guard Regiment, for lack of evidence. An independent commission of inquiry concluded in May 1999 that Kafando was one of six “serious suspects” in the murder.
July 20, 2006 12:00 PM ET


Case   |   Burkina Faso

Journalist detained, harrassed by security forces

APRIL 20, 2006

Antoine Bationo, Le Pays
Boureïma Jeremie Sigue, Le Pays


Security forces detained and questioned Antoine Bationo, a sports journalist for the private daily Le Pays, after he interviewed former soldiers accused of mounting a coup attempt, local sources told CPJ.
April 20, 2006 12:00 PM ET
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