CPJ asks French, Malian authorities to investigate killing of French journalists

The two French journalists were killed in Mali.The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the French and Malian governments to immediately investigate the killing of two French journalists in Kidal, Northern Mali and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, both of the French government-funded Radio France Internationale, were kidnapped and later killed by yet to be identified gunmen after concluding an interview with Ambery Ag Rissa, a leader of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), a group of ethnic Tuareg separatists.

“CPJ is shocked and saddened on hearing of the murders of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, who both dedicated their lives to informing the world about volatile countries and regions,” said CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator, Mohamed Keita.

“It also pains us to add Mali to our roster of countries where journalists have been killed for doing their work. Malian and French authorities must do their utmost to bring the murderers to justice,” he added.

By the murder of both journalists, Mali has been added to the list of countries where journalists have been killed simply for doing their jobs, observed CPJ.

“A crime against journalists is a double crime–it’s a crime against people who were coldly assassinated in odious circumstances, but it’s also a crime against the freedom to be informed and to inform,” said French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, who said the bodies of the journalists were found next to their vehicle outside the town.

Ms Dupont was the African Affair correspondent for RFI. She had over 25 years experience working in various African countries including Ethiopia, Eritea, Angola, Sierra Leone and the Republic of Congo. She was recently promoted to the RFI editorial board.

Mr Verlon is a technical veteran who joined RFI in 1982 and had worked in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, and around Africa.



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