The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and its national partners, Centre National de Presse Norbert Zongo of Burkina Faso (CNP-NZ) and the Maison de la Presse du Mali (MP), have in a joint statement expressed their solidarity and sympathy to the people of Mali and Burkina Faso who have experienced recent terrorist attacks.
The three media organisations condemned the attacks that occurred between July 2 and 4, 2022, in the communities of Namissiguima and Bourasso in Burkina Faso during which about 30 people lost their lives. They also expressed outrage at the terrorist attacks that took place between June 18 and 19, 2022 in Bandiagara, Mali, killing about 100 people.
The organisations further expressed their anxiety about the devastating toll of violent extremism, its spread in the West Africa region and the threat it poses to press freedom and sustainability in the sub-region.
The MFWA, CNP-NZ and Maison de la Presse urged all ECOWAS Member States to support the governments of Mali and Burkina Faso in their efforts to counter terrorism.