Senegal: MFWA wants thorough investigation into killing of Guinean journalist

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Tuesday called for a  ''thorough investigation'' into the killing of journalist El Hadj Mohamed Diallo in Guinea Conakry.

In a statement, obtained by PANA in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, MFWA said the journalist was shot dead on Friday, 5 February, 2016, while covering a stand-off between two factions of a political party.

Diallo, a reporter for the news website Guinée7, died instantly when he was hit in the chest by a bullet at the headquarters of the Union des Forces Democratiques de Guinee (UFDG) party.

The row was said to have broken out when the Vice President of the opposition UFDG decided to attend a party meeting accompanied by his supporters, despite his suspension by the party leadership the previous day.

According to the statement, Mr. Bah Oury attempted to force open the door to the party office, which was resisted by the supporters of the party president, Cellou Dalein Diallo, resulting in a violent confrontation between the two factions.

It was in the midst of the ensuing melee that the reporter was said to have been shot dead and it was not known where the bullet was shot from and whether the victim was targeted.

''The MFWA condemns political violence in all its forms, and is shocked at the recourse to violence by high ranking officials of such a respected political party.''

''We call on the authorities in Guinea to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book,'' the statement concluded.
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 9Feb2016

09 february 2016 15:51:44

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