Mali: Football Fanatics Attack Journalist’s Home, Injure his Wife

A mob claiming to be football fans in Bamako has attacked the home of a radio presenter in Mali, injuring his wife and a neighbour.

The attack occurred in the night of March 9, 2016.

According to the MFWA’s correspondent in Mali, the attackers’ main target was journalist Bakary Cissé who is the Head of Sports at Radio Klédu in Bamako. They accuse Cissé of making negative comments about the recent extraordinary congress of the Mali Football Federation. Realising Cissé was not at home, the mob decided to beat up his wife. A neighbor who intervened was also beaten by the mob. In the process, Mrs Cisse sustained scratches on her wrists while and her neighbour got a cut above his  eye.

The media in Mali have strongly condemned the attack and called on the police to arrest the persons responsible for the attack. . The MFWA condemns this attack and joins the Malian media in calling for the perpetrators to be brought to book.

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