Satire on African politics hits Burkinabe newsstands

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The first issue of a monthly satire, "Le Marabout," published in Ouagadougou, went on sale Tuesday in the Burkinabe capital.
The originality of the 20-page periodical, edited by Boubacar Diallo of the "JJ" media group, lies in its thorough analysis of African regimes, with a touch of humour in cartoons accompanying its articles.
The cover page of the maiden issue caricatures nine African Heads of State, including the presidents of Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Benin, Togo, Niger, Mali, Senegal and Cameroon.
The only difficulty lies in the paper's use of enigmatic language, making it hard for non-politicians to grasp the message, let alone humour.
The promoter of the monthly paper is the African Network for the Freedom of Information (RALI).
A lead article in the maiden edition said "Le Marabout" has the ambition of showing by example that it is possible to publish "impertinent Pan-African information".

25 september 2001 16:37:00




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