France expresses its deepest concern over the Malian transitional authorities’ announcement of a definitive halt to broadcasts by RFI and France 24 in Mali. This is a serious attack on the freedom of the press and freedom of speech, coming amid repeated attempts to manipulate information in Mali. These networks air their programs in full accordance with the principles of integrity, impartiality and independence.
France calls on the transitional authorities to reconsider their decision.
Amid growing restrictions on the freedom of speech and freedom of the press, both online and offline, as well as the proliferation of information manipulation, France reaffirms its steadfast, unwavering commitment to the freedom of the press, the freedom of speech and the protection of journalists and all those whose speech contributes to free, pluralistic information and public debate in Mali and worldwide.