Ouagadougou – Hamado Ouangrawa has been reappointed as the head of the Burkinabè Media Observatory (OBM), as reported by AIB. The announcement comes with the introduction of a new office for the OBM, which includes two new members, Cheikh Sigué as general treasurer and Bénédicte Sawadogo as Secretary of the Organization. The reappointment of Ouangrawa, along with Dr. Salif Koala and Arsène Evariste Kaboré in their respective roles, was confirmed during the installation ceremony held at the Norbert Zongo National Press Center (CNPNZ) on Saturday.
According to Burkina Information Agency, Hamado Ouangrawa, in his address, acknowledged the progress made by the organization and the significant challenges that lie ahead. He emphasized the collective achievements of the profession and expressed gratitude for the support from various media organizations, the Norbert Zongo Press Center, the Higher Communication Council (CSC), and the Ministry of Communication.
Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, the Minister in charge of Communication, highlighted the importance of self-regulation in the media, especially in the current context of insecurity. He encouraged the OBM to engage in public awareness activities, media education, and the responsible use of social networks. The Minister also stressed the need for training in newsrooms on ethics and professional conduct, particularly regarding the social responsibilities of journalists in wartime situations.
Ouédraogo reaffirmed the government’s commitment to freedom of expression and press freedom and pledged its support for the OBM in executing its 2023-2024 program of activities. He expressed hope that Burkina Faso’s experience in media regulation and freedom would become a benchmark in the sub-region and across Africa in the coming years.