Senegal: CPJ condemns killing of Guinean journalist

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) -The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the shooting to death of Guinean journalist, El-Hadj Mohamed Diallo, a reporter for news websites Guinée7 and Afrik, and called on authorities to ensure justice is served.

In a statement made available to PANA in Dakar, Senegal, on Saturday, CPJ said Diallo died on the way to hospital on Friday after being shot during clashes outside a meeting of Guinea's main opposition party, the Union of Democratic Forces, in the capital, Conakry.

The party is said to have been divided after its vice president, Oury Bah, was expelled from its leadership and when Bah was denied entry to the party's headquarters on Friday, his supporters and those of the current leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo, clashed resulting to the shooting.

According to the statement, the publishing director of Guinée7, Ibrahima Sory Traoré, told journalists that he had viewed the reporter's body and he “was shot at point-blank range.”

The Guinean government announced that it had opened an investigation into the murder.

"We strongly condemn the shooting of El-Hadj Mohamed Diallo and call on Guinea's authorities to hold those responsible to account," remarked CPJ Africa Research Associate, Kerry Paterson. "We welcome the government's commitment to investigate his murder and call on it to ensure a thorough and transparent process."

The statement pointed out that it was not immediately clear who shot Diallo and CPJ said it had attempted calling Guinea’s police on the phone, but the call went unanswered.

Diallo's paper, Afrik, said the 30-year-old reporter had been killed in the line of duty, and condemned the violence that led to his death.

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06 february 2016 14:49:07

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