Senegal: MFWA says journalist goes missing in Mali

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said its national partner in Mali, la Maison de la Presse (MP), has mobilised the media in the country to work towards unraveling the disappearance of Birama Touré, a reporter with the investigative weekly, Le Sphinx.

In a statement, obtained by PANA in Dakar on Monday, MFWA revealed that on 29 January, 2016, the journalist reportedly went to visit his extended family in a suburb of the Malian capital, Bamako. At about 7pm, he left his family house for his residence at Sébènikoro, also in Bamako, but has not been heard from nor seen since then.

According to the statement, to intensify and coordinate efforts towards finding the missing journalist, MP mobilised journalists from across Mali for a press conference and brainstorming exercise.

The president of MP, Dramane Aliou Koné, disclosed that a supporting committee was created to sustain the sensitisation campaign by publishing regular reports and information on the matter.

He also indicated that the MP has secured the services of a lawyer to handle all the legal aspects of the case.

''We are well mobilised for now. The Prime Minister has instructed two of his ministries to do everything possible to find our colleague. Every day, we make contact with the authorities to assess the progress of the search effort,'' Koné remarked.

Meanwhile, the press conference was said to have been attended by more than 100 journalists who pledged to maintain the matter of their colleague’s disappearance constantly in the headlines and help intensify the search for him.

The statement noted that a banner alerting the public about the disappearance, was also distributed by the MP as part of the campaign to find Birama Touré.
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22 february 2016 13:15:06

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