Correspondents of French newspapers "Le Monde" and "Liberation" expelled from Burkina Faso

At the headquarters of the newspaper "Liberation", March 21, 2023. AFP - STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

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The two journalists left Ouagadougou on Saturday evening after receiving a notification from the National Security services. The reasons for the deportation were not revealed, but they had been heard the day before Friday by the security services.


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On Friday, Agnès Faivre, correspondent of the daily Libération and Sophie Douce, of the newspaper Le Monde, are summoned to the National Security. They go there in the afternoon. After several hours of interrogation, each returned to her place of residence.


The agents asked us questions about our work, our sources, our Burkinabe contacts and about the article about the analysis of a video published in the newspaper Liberation," explains Anges Faivre. In the evening, she receives a call from a police officer. He comes to her home and informs her that she now has 24 hours to leave Burkinabe territory, without giving any reason to justify this expulsion.

As for Sophie Douce of the newspaper Le Monde, it was Saturday morning that she was informed that she too had to leave Burkina Faso.

Still in shock, the journalist said that an officer came to her home to verbally notify her that she too had 24 hours to leave, without giving her any written notification or reason. The two correspondents left Ouagadougou yesterday evening to catch a plane to France.

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