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Photo Credit: RFI/Courtesy The Associated Press

CLAUDE  VERLON

*This journalist is a candidate for addition to the memorial.

News Organization: RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE

Died: 2013

Location: MALI

Sound engineer Claude Verlon could set up a radio studio anywhere — from a hut to the top of a tall building. When his work with Radio France Internationale took him to a remote Saharan town to interview a rebel leader with reporter Ghislaine Dupont, he jumped at the challenge. Hours after the interview, Verlon and Dupont’s bullet-riddled bodies were found in the desert. An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for abducting and murdering the journalists. Known for his caution and his meticulous technical skills, Verlon, 55, had worked in some of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists, including Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq.