(en)Burkina Faso - IFEX Action Alert

Bruce Girard (bgirard@ECNET.ec)
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 16:47:10 GMT


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ACTION ALERT - BURKINA FASO

25 February 1997

Journalist attacked; radio station suspends broadcasting

SOURCE: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), New York

(CPJ/IFEX) - According to a 19 February 1997 report by CPJ, on 17 February, Moustapha Tambiano, president general of the Horizon-FM radio station, was attacked by four supporters of the ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) party, in front of the CDP's offices in Ouagadougou and at the United States (U.S.) Embassy. The attack followed the airing, on 16 February, of "sharp" commentary on the station's call-in program, "Sondage Democratique", where listeners are invited to call in and voice their opinions on democracy in Burkina Faso.

Tambiano, who was driving through Ouagadougou, was pulled out of his car and attacked in front of the ruling party's offices by unidentified party thugs. He was able to get back into his car; he drove away while being pursued by some of the thugs and made his way to the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy compound. Tambiano reportedly entered embassy property, but was pursued and pulled out of the property by the thugs, who continued to beat him as they attempted to place him in their car. The U.S. Embassy Cultural Officer intervened in the scuffle on Tambiano's behalf and was also attacked until the thugs were informed that he was an embassy employee, whereupon they retreated. Shortly thereafter, Tambiano was given refuge at a U.S. Information Service (USIS) employee's residence, from where he was taken by armed escort to a relative's home.

Horizon-FM suspended broadcasting on 17 February and resumed on- air programming on 19 February with an all-music format, as opposed to their previous format of music and commentary, because Tambiano fears additional reprisals should he broadcast news.

Horizon-FM, the first independent radio station to broadcast in Burkina Faso, was founded in 1987, banned the following year, and resumed broadcasting in 1990.

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Send appeals to authorities: -protesting the brutal beating of Tambiano by ruling party supporters -urging the prompt arrest and trial of those found responsible for this battery

APPEALS TO:

His Excellency Blaise Compaore President La Presidence BP 7031 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Mr. Marc-Christian Roch Kabore Prime Minister Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Mr. Larba Yarga Minister of Justice Ministry of Justice Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

For further information, contact Kakuna Kerina (x 103) or Selam Demeke (x 118) at CPJ, 330 Seventh Ave, New York NY 10001, U.S.A., tel:+1 212 465 1004, fax:+1 212 465 9568, e-mail: kkerina@cpj.org, sdemeke@cpj.org, Internet: http://www.cpj.org/.

The information contained in this action alert is the sole responsibility of CPJ. In citing this material for broadcast or publication, please credit CPJ.

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