The “transitional government” has “responsibly decided to suspend all Jeune Afrique distribution media in Burkina Faso until further notice, with effect from Monday September 25″, according to a statement.
The government blamed “a new and misleading article… entitled ‘Tensions persist in Burkina Faso army’ and published on Monday”.
“This publication follows an earlier article by the same newspaper on the same website”, published on Thursday, “in which Jeune Afrique alleged that ‘Discontent is growing in Burkina Faso barracks’,” the statement added.
“These deliberate assertions, made without the slightest hint of proof, have no other purpose than to discredit the national armed forces and, by extension, all fighting forces in an unacceptable manner”.
Some of those interviewed by AFP in Ouagadougou still have access to the website, while others said they had had problems connecting.
The decision came almost a year after Captain Ibrahim Traore came to power in a coup, Burkina’s second in eight months.
In June, Burkina Faso authorities announced the suspension of the French television channel LCI for three months, after expelling the correspondents of the French dailies Liberation and Le Monde in April.
At the end of March, they ordered the suspension of the television channel France 24.