Six journalists physically attacked
Two women journalists were attacked at the opening of the constituent congress of the Islamic High Council of Mali (HCIM) on 14 January 2002 in Bamako because they were not wearing head-scarves.
Nigerian journalists Ibe Ojo of the Guardian, Wunmi Thomas and Gbenga Giwa were badly beaten by Malian soccer fans at the end of a match between Mali and Nigeria on 24 January.
BBC correspondent Sadio Kante was manhandled at the great mosque in Bamako on 25 October as she was trying to interview the imam about the Malian citizens who had been killed in clashes in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire. She criticised mosque officials for failing to intervene.
Pressure and obstruction
Police prevented BBC reporters Said Penda and Joan Baxter from covering a demonstration outside the US embassy on 30 March 2002 by about 100 members of the local branch of Amnesty International protesting against human rights violations in Palestine. The two journalists were waiting for the demonstrators outside the embassy when police and members of the republican guard confiscated their material, spitting in the face of one of the journalists. A Malian public television crew was able to cover the demonstration unhindered.