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Press briefing notes Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Concerns for independent media in Mali after shutdowns

29 April 2022

A man walks inside the RFI (Radio France International)  France 24 headquarters in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, near Paris, France.

Delivered by

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani



We are deeply dismayed by the Malian media regulator’s decision to definitively suspend Radio France Internationale (RFI) and France24. We call on Mali’s transitional military authorities to reverse this ban and allow independent media to work freely in the country.
These suspensions are the latest in a string of actions curtailing press freedom and the freedom of expression in Mali, and come at a time when more, not less, scrutiny is needed. Our Office continues to document serious allegations of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in many parts of the country, and we remain seriously concerned by steps to further shrink the already limited civic space.

An open and pluralistic civic space that guarantees freedom of expression and opinion, as well as freedom of assembly and association, is a prerequisite for development and sustainable peace.
The suspensions were first imposed by the Government on 16 March, accusing the two broadcasters of airing “false allegations” about reports of human rights violations by the Malian army. On 27 April, the High Authority for Communication announced that those provisional suspensions would be “definitive”. The current climate is one with a pervasive chilling effect on journalists and bloggers.


For more information and media requests, please contact: 

Ravina Shamdasani - + 41 22 917 9169 / [email protected] or 
Lori Brumat - + 41 22 928 9149 / [email protected]

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