Photo Credit: RFI/Courtesy The Associated Press
*This journalist is a candidate for addition to the memorial.
News Organization: RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE
The French army warned them not to go. But Radio France Internationale journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were determined to shed light on the violence in northern Mali. After interviewing a rebel leader in a remote Saharan town, they were abducted by gunmen. An hour later, their bullet-riddled bodies were found in the desert. Dupont was 57. A fearless reporter with a passion for Africa, she covered conflicts in Ethiopia, Angola, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she was expelled in 2006 because of her reporting. Northern Mali has become a stronghold of Islamist extremists since the 2012 military coup plunged the country into political turmoil.