The government led by the junta in Burkina Faso has taken the decision to suspend Radio Omega, a popular radio station in the country. The suspension comes as a response to the station’s criticism of the recent Niger Republic coup.
According to sources, Radio Omega had conducted an interview with Ousmane Abdoul Moumouni, the spokesperson for a newly formed group in Niger that advocates for the reinstatement of the country’s elected President, Mohamed Bazoum.
The interview apparently contained comments that were deemed insulting towards the new authorities in Niger.
Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso’s Communications Minister, released a statement on Thursday, explaining that the suspension of the radio station was a necessary step taken in the best interests of the nation. The suspension will remain in effect until further notice.
“Moumouni’s remarks, as conveyed through his organization, appear to endorse violence and conflict against the sovereign people of Niger. Their objective of restoring Bazoum by any means is deeply concerning,” Ouedraogo remarked.
Niger’s President was ousted from power on July 26, 2023, by members of the Presidential Guard.