CSC Convenes Meeting to Address Tax Challenges Facing Private Media in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU – The Superior Council of Communication (CSC) in Burkina Faso held a meeting with leaders from private sector media organizations to address the ongoing tax challenges facing private media companies. The meeting aimed to explore viable solutions to prevent the closure of media outlets due to tax liabilities.

According to Burkina Information Agency, president of the CSC, the meeting on Monday involved discussions with media executives and professional media organizations. The participants discussed the uncomfortable situation arising from media closures due to unpaid taxes and proposed several solutions to mitigate these challenges. Among the suggestions were the settlement of outstanding debts the state owes to media companies and greater flexibility from tax authorities in collecting dues.

The proposals were well-received by Ouédraogo, who announced the formation of a committee to draft a document based on these ideas to guide further actions. This initiative comes in the backdrop of incidents where media outlets like Savane FM and L’Événement were temporarily shut down by tax authorities before managing to reopen.