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Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to reveal the fate of a journalist who was killed and two others kidnapped

Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to reveal the fate of a journalist who was killed and two others kidnapped

In Mali, on November 7, a journalists’ car was attacked between Gao and Ansongo in the north of the country. Journalist Abdelaziz Jibrila, from Radio Nata, was killed during the attack, and two other colleagues from Radio Kotun were kidnapped. Salek Ag Gedo and Mustafa Kony remain captive to this day.

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There were no demands. In this part of Mali’s territory there are jihadists of “Janim” (Group for Supporting Islam and Muslims) linked to Al-Qaeda, as well as the Islamic State.

The evil path also cannot be ruled out.

Nearly three weeks after the events, Reporters Without Borders asked the Malian transitional authorities not to ignore the assassination of Abdelaziz Gabriela and to do everything in their power to ensure that the kidnapped journalists are found.

We are calling on the Malian authorities in a context where local journalists are the last walls, for example, of a kind of complete abandonment of the right to information in the Sahel region, including Mali. For us, it is important that the protection of journalists is a key issue, especially for those who work in this field and must fully benefit from this protection. Sadipo Marong, director of the Reporters Without Borders office in sub-Saharan Africa in Dakar, told RFI radio.

Reporters Without Borders also calls on the financial authorities “Do not ignore the assassination of Abdelaziz Gabriela, publicly condemn it, open an investigation and find those responsible. But necessary measures must also be taken so that the other two journalists, Salek Ag Gedo and Mustafa Kony, are found, as three weeks have passed. Staying silent about a similar tragedy seems problematic to us “.


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