Don't miss




Paris: A nightlife in limbo?

Read more


Video: 40 years on, Franco's ghost still haunts Spain

Read more

#TECH 24

'Life as a cyborg' with Angel Giuffria

Read more


Video: Can love finally beat the caste system in Senegal?

Read more


Saimir Pirgu, a leading tenor mentored by Pavarotti and Domingo

Read more

#THE 51%

Feminist icons and young female Democrats clash over Hillary Clinton

Read more


The Perche region: The art of peasantry

Read more


Forbidden love in Senegal: Khady and Massamba's caste struggle

Read more


The 'Académie française': Guard dog of the French language

Read more


UN condemns slaying of French journalists in Mali


Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-11-03

The UN Security Council has "strongly condemned" the abduction and killing of two French journalists in Mali on Saturday, calling on Malian authorities to quickly investigate the case and bring those behind the slaying to justice.

The United Nations Security Council has "strongly condemned" the kidnapping and slaying of two French radio journalists in Mali’s troubled northeast.

The journalists—Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon of Radio France International (RFI)  - were found dead after being kidnapped by armed men in the northern city of Kidal.

The two had travelled there on Saturday to interview a spokesman for the Tuareg separatist group the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), and were abducted outside his home, according to their employer.

In a statement late Saturday, the Security Council members "expressed their condolences to the family of the victims" as well as to the French government.

'We just lost two amazing colleagues'

"In accordance with international humanitarian law, journalists, media professionals and associated personnel engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict are generally considered as civilians and shall be respected and protected as such," the statement read.

The Security Council demanded "that all parties to an armed conflict comply fully with the obligations applicable to them under international humanitarian law, including as related to the protection of civilians in armed conflict."

They also called on Mali to "swiftly" investigate the case "and bring the perpetrators to justice."

The Security Council members also "reiterated their full support" for the UN mission in Mali and the French supporting forces, "and called on all parties to cooperate fully" with them.


Date created : 2013-11-03


    Claude Verlon: Veteran field reporter and expert engineer

    Read more


    Ghislaine Dupont: Africa lover and expert

    Read more

  • MALI

    Two French radio journalists killed in northern Mali

    Read more