Malian nationals living in France gathered outside the headquarters of Radio France Internationale (RFI) near Paris on Friday to pay tribute to the two French journalists killed in the West African country nearly one week ago.
A group of around 150 French-based Malians gathered outside the Radio France Internationale (RFI) headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris on Friday to pay homage to the two RFI journalists murdered in northern Mali last weekend.
Under the banner of the Mouvement Pour La Dignité et les Droits des Maliens (MDDM - Movement for the Dignity and Rights of Malians), their spokesman Sissoko Anzoumane praised the work of RFI in Africa.
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“Our action today is meant to express solidarity with RFI at this difficult time and to share in the suffering over the deaths of the journalists who were killed in northern Mali,” Anzoumane told FRANCE 24 (RFI is FRANCE 24’s sister radio station) under a canopy of umbrellas protecting the solemn group from the pouring Paris rain.
“We think that journalists should not have to put their lives on the line and need to be protected.
“The two journalists who lost their lives did not just sacrifice them for RFI, but for freedom of information and all Malians,” he added.
On Thursday, Al Qaeda-linked militant group AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) claimed responsibility for the murder of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon on Saturday, according to Mauritanian news agency Sahara Medias.
The pair were found dead 12 km outside of Kidal in northern Mali just hours after being kidnapped by gunmen.
Date created : 2013-11-08