Censorship of French media in Niger: suspension of RFI and France24

ER Editor: France, the country of censorship against its own population, gets a taste of its own medicine abroad and then complains about it. You can’t get Rumble here without a VPN; RT France was shut down on April 7 of this year, as well as Sputnik. This censorship was particularly affecting news coming out of Africa! Now French media don’t have the opportunity to propagandize us about African affairs. 


Censorship of French media in Niger: suspension of RFI and France24


MEDIA/CENSORSHIP –  This Thursday, August 3, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release to condemn the suspension of the broadcasting of the Radio France Internationale (RFI) and France24 channels in Niger.

This censorship is reminiscent of that which hit the RT France and Sputnik channels within the European Union (EU) in March 2022. (ER: indeed)

On August 3, Abdourahmane Tiani ordered the cut off of RFI and France24 signals in Niger. The Nigerien junta is thus imitating its Malian and Burkinabé counterparts who have suspended the same media.

Similar treatment reserved for Sputnik and RT France

In its statement, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalls that “France reaffirms its constant and determined commitment to freedom of the press (…) and of all those whose expression contributes to free and plural information and to public debate, everywhere in the world”.  (ER: You can’t make this up!)

However, on March 2, 2022, shortly after the start of the war in Ukraine, the media Sputnik and RT France were banned from broadcasting throughout the EU. The Twenty-Seven had accused them of being instruments of Kremlin disinformation, going so far as to freeze the bank accounts of the RT channel.

The argument now seems to be turning against the French media. The National Council for the Safeguarding of the Fatherland (CNSP), which took power in Niger on July 26, has denounced the interference of Paris in Nigerien affairs and it is RFI and France 24 which seem to be making the costs. Well-advised observers, however, have warned against the race for censorship.

Elon Musk’s warning  

On the 8 p.m. set of France 2 on June 19, journalist Anne-Sophie Lapix (ER: not a media heavyweight) made Elon Musk react to certain comments made on Twitter, and to the absence of censorship. The American entrepreneur then did not hesitate to recognize the bad taste of the comments, but also replied: “If you don’t like something and you censor it, sooner or later, it will be you who will be censored in your turn”. 

In the game of censorship, such is caught who thought he was taking. Considerations that must be kept in mind in the light of August 25, the fateful date on which the European regulation on digital services (DSA) comes into force.




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