Burkina Faso authorities arrest, jail 2 journalists on charges related to short-lived coup

A Burkina Faso media organization says two journalists have been jailed and charged in relation to a short-lived coup in September in the West African country.

The Private Print Media Association said Friday in a statement that Adama Ouedgraogo, from a popular private daily newspaper, and Caroline Yoda, from a private TV station, are being held in a military prison. The two are charged with five counts including complicity to breach state security, complicity to murder and aggravated assault and battery.

The group met with military court officials and lawyers to ask that the journalists' rights be respected.

Lookman Sawadogo, president of Private Print Media Association, said if the arrests merely have to do with their professional activities, the organizations will take a stand.