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MFWA’s Partner in Mali Mobilises Media to Search for Missing Journalist

The national partner of MFWA 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.

On January 29, 2016, Birama 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.

To intensify and coordinate efforts to find the missing journalist, MP mobilised journalists from across Mali for a press conference and brainstorming exercise. The president of MP, Dramane Aliou Koné said a supporting committee has been 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 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 affirmed.

The press conference was 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.

A banner alerting the public about the disappearance of Toure was also distributed by the MP as part of the campaign to find Birama Touré.

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