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Protect Freedom of Expression in Mali

Intimidation of Journalists, Critics Continues.

  • Aoife Croucher
  • HRW

In Mali, media professionals are facing harassment and intimidation over their real or perceived criticism of the transitional government.

On November 3, Mali’s High Communication Authority (Haute autorité de la communication) suspended a Malian news channel, Joliba TV News, citing “serious and repeated breaches and violations of the substantive provisions of the code of ethics for journalists.”

The suspension came three weeks after the authorities issued the channel a formal notice for airing an opinion segment that officials said broadcast “defamatory statements” against the…

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