Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 November 2008

UN secretary-general Statement on Killing of Radio Okapi Journalist




UN secretary-general
Statement on Killing of Radio Okapi Journalist



KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) November 25, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

And the spokesperson for the general assembly president



We have a statement attributable to the spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the killing of Didace Namujimbo, Radio Okapi journalist.


The Secretary-General learned with deep distress of the murder last Friday night in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, of Didace Namujimbo, a journalist of Radio Okapi, the MONUC radio station managed in partnership with Fondation Hirondelle.


This crime is all the more devastating as it marks the second time in less than two years that a member of Radio Okapi’s staff has been brutally killed in the same city.


Didace Namujimbo’s murder underlines once again the deep insecurity in the DRC, particularly for journalists, whose work leaves them particularly vulnerable.  The UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) is following the investigation closely and the United Nations is prepared to provide all appropriate support to bring the investigation and subsequent trial to a successful conclusion.  The Secretary-General calls upon the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to ensure that this case is investigated thoroughly and pursued to the full extent of the law.


The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to Mr. Namujimbo’s wife and two children, his family, friends and colleagues at Radio Okapi.





SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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