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Burkina Faso Suspends Radio Omega Over Insulting Niger Gov.

Burkina Faso Junta Govt. Suspends Radio Omega
Burkina Faso Junta Govt. Suspends Radio Omega

The decision to suspend Radio Omega, one of the country’s most popular radio stations, was made by the junta-led government of Burkina Faso as a result of the transmission of an interview that was deemed insulting to Niger’s new military administration.

According to a statement made public by Communications Minister Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouedraogo, the suspension of Radio Omega was swiftly put into place on Thursday and will continue “until further notice.”

Following the release of the statement on Thursday evening, Radio Omega, a part of the Omega Media Group owned by journalist and former foreign minister Alpha Barry, stopped broadcasting. Ousmane Abdoul Moumouni, the spokesperson for a recently established Nigerian organization calling for the reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazoum, who was deposed on July 26 by members of the Presidential Guard, was interviewed by the radio station.

Minister Ouedraogo revealed that Moumouni made disparaging remarks about the new Nigerien authorities and that Moumouni’s organization is promoting violence against Niger. Burkina Faso supports Niger’s new leadership and warns against military intervention aimed at reinstating Bazoum, which would be considered a provocative act of war. The group’s objective of reinstating Bazoum is strongly condemned, with Burkina Faso aligning with Mali.

The new Nigerien authorities were disparaged by Moumouni, and Moumouni’s organization is encouraging violence against Niger, according to Minister Ouedraogo. Burkina Faso backs the new government in Niger and cautions against military action to restore Bazoum, which would be viewed as a belligerent act of war. Burkina Faso stands with Mali in strongly condemning the group’s goal of re-establishing Bazoum.

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