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On 14 February, a journalist from the daily Libération received an amateur video showing the murder of children and teenagers. The only information he has is the country where it is taking place: Burkina Faso. After a month of investigation, the journalist and his team come to the following conclusions. The executioners are said to be from the Burkinabe military corps, which specialises in the fight against jihadists. The children are believed to belong to the Peuhl community.
According to Libération, jihadist groups recruit mainly in this community, which is the victim of dozens of kidnappings. "All this is false," says the online site Faso.net, which directly accuses Libération journalists of "disguised manipulation". This comes in a "sensitive context" for press freedom, reports Courrier International. The France 24 antenna has been suspended since Monday 27 March and several local media outlets are also under pressure. "Attention danger," headlines the daily L'Observateur Paalga, which denounces calls for the murder of several of its journalists. In its editorial, the bimonthly L'événement said it expected the worst after the publication of an investigation for corruption of one of the leaders of the junta.
How will this new event unfold throughout the France? For La Dépêche du Midi, this tenth day against the pension reform is a "high-risk Tuesday". Same tone for La Voix du Nord, describing a mobilization under high security. And if it is necessary to continue, "it will continue again," says La Marseillaise, in a department of Bouches-du-Rhône where the protest movement remains important.
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For the national press, it is necessary to "avoid at all costs the slippages", writes Le Parisien. The newspaper defends the police, much criticized in recent days. There are "burning embers," reads the editorial. The latter are fueled by an "arsonist" headlines L'Humanité, accusing the head of state of choosing "repression, at the risk of getting bogged down". In this context, some like Libération are trying to question the different scenarios for ending the crisis. For L'Opinion, the executive is the only one responsible for having used 49.3: "a strategic error and a political mistake".
In Israel, after the announcement of the suspension of his judicial reform, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under criticism from all sides for putting his personal interests ahead of those of the country. For Haaretz, this decision is proof that the prime minister has "lost touch with the people". Not only has he "left his party bruised," writes the newspaper, but "it is too late to trust him." For the more conservative Jerusalem Post, this is Netanyahu's "Nixon moment", evoking a "flagrant abuse of power" on the part of the Israeli prime minister. "It's time to move forward," all of this "could have been avoided," the editorial concludes.
Fired for showing Michelangelo's David to her 12-year-old students! This is the misadventure that happened to a teacher at a private school in Florida. Some parents were indignant, judging the sculpture "pornographic". Rather than being offended, reports The Guardian, the director of the museum in Florence where the statue is located, offers parents to make the trip to Italy for a short crash course on Renaissance art. The New York Post recalls that an episode of The Simpsons had already reported a similar fact, where the statue of David had already been dressed with ... jeans.
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