Two French journalists murdered in Mali

first_img RSF_en May 17, 2021 Find out more November 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two French journalists murdered in Mali News News Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the abduction and murder of two French journalists, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, today in the northern city of Kidal. They worked for Radio France Internationale.“The summary execution of these two RFI journalists is vile and unspeakable,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We feel both outrage and disgust that journalists who had the courage to cover an area such as the Kidal region were shot in cold blood after interviewing someone.“We grieve for them, their families and their RFI colleagues, we are concerned for the residents of the Ifoghas massif, whose plight deserves to be covered, and we condemn this double murder, which sadly highlights the lawlessness still prevailing in northern Mali. This act was not only criminal but also terrorist in nature, one designed to deter outside media coverage.”Dupont and Verlon were kidnapped and shot after conducting an interview in Kidal. Their bodies were found about 10 km from the town centre. Their fate recalls that of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, decapitated by his abductors in Pakistan in 2002, and Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni, kidnapped and executed in Iraq in 2004.Today’s double murder is another unfortunate example of the growing violence to which journalists are exposed. No fewer than 88 were killed in the course of their work in 2012. This was the worst toll since Reporters Without Borders began keep an annual tally in 1995. A total of 45 journalists have been killed worldwide since the start of 2013. Four French journalists have been killed in Syria since the start of the uprising in March 2011.Mali was ranked 99th in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, a fall of 74 places from its position in 2012.More information on the situation of freedom of expression in Mali since the military coup in March 2012.PHOTO: AFP MaliAfrica News MaliAfrica center_img Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. News June 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mali RSF helps coordinate support for French journalist kidnapped in Mali to go further Help by sharing this information French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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