Annie Risemberg reports for VOA from Bamako, Mali.
Mali's communication authority banned RFI, French 24 broadcasts from the country’s airwaves this week
Accusation comes after French military released drone video of what it said were Russian mercenaries staging a mass grave near military base the French handed back to Mali
Group's statement also claims that Wagner forces took part in operation in Moura, Mali, which it says killed 'hundreds of innocents'
In February, France announced that it would withdraw its troops from Mali after increasing tensions between France and Mali’s military government
But analysts say MINUSMA’s mission will be difficult to fulfill if human rights abuse allegations aren’t investigated
French Army says it has drone video of Russian mercenaries burying bodies near Gossi, Mali
Rights groups and witnesses say the Malian army and Russian mercenaries killed hundreds of civilians during an anti-terrorism operation in the village of Moura late March
A UN statement released to the media says that attacks by armed terrorist groups have resulted in “dozens of deaths” among civilians
Press freedom advocates cite a worrying trend of propaganda in countries where Russian mercenaries are working with government forces
Relatives of Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga say they have been told not to request an autopsy
Media watchdog CPJ calls on the country's military government to halt efforts to control the press
Announcement followed reports by French media and a rights group that Malian army has committed human rights abuses in recent months
A Malian delegation is expected in Mauritania’s capital Friday to discuss the alleged deaths of several Mauritanians on Malian territory
Videos of alleged massacre in central Mali are circulating on social media, with locals saying those killed were ethnic Fulani men whom security forces arrested in late February and early March
The press release says he was “neutralized” during a ground operation supported by a helicopter and two drones, north of Timbuktu, Mali
Attack happened at central Mali military camp in the town of Mondoro; military says 70 'terrorists' have been 'neutralized'
Activists and human rights workers say care should be taken to preserve human rights while fighting terrorism
A statement by country's defense ministry also said that 57 terrorists were killed during the clash, in which ground troops were supported by the air force
French President Emmanuel Macron said the withdrawal of French and European forces from Mali would take between four and six months
Analysts say managing Mali’s rampant insecurity will be even more difficult as France and its allies withdraw