‘Press assassinated’

Published on 4 November 2013 at 10:07

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Two journalists from Radio France Internationale (RFI) were kidnapped and murdered on November 2 in Kidal, northern Mali. Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont had just interviewed a Tuareg representative when they were captured. Two hours later, their bodies were found riddled with bullets and dumped outside the town.

As well as paying its respects to the journalists, the daily points out that the military operation, which began in Mali earlier this year, has not by any means stabilised the country.

François Hollande was right to want to eradicate the terrorism that was threatening the entire region and endangering an elected government. But what has happened this weekend shows that peacekeeping cannot be taken for granted. In spite of the presence of French soldiers, UN troops and Malian forces, Kidal continues to be a lawless cradle for the Tuareg separatist rebellion and a flashpoint for Islamist tension.

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