Journalist Killed in Burkino Faso

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December 16, 1998

 


His Excellency Blaise Compaore
President of the Republic of Burkina Faso
01 BP 24 Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso


Your Excellency:

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) writes to express its deep shock and grave concern over the December 13, 1998, death of Norbert Zongo, editor in chief of the leading opposition weekly L'Independent.

Zongo was found dead in his vehicle on the road between Sapouy and Ouagadougou. Also found dead inside the vehicle were Zongo's brother, his chauffeur, and a fourth unidentified person. According to initial reports, the bodies of the four victims were charred. The outside of the vehicle, however, was not charred. Furthermore, the rear door was pierced with holes, which may have been produced by gunfire. Based on this information, CPJ suspects that Zongo and his companions were murdered.

As a nonpartisan organization of journalists dedicated to the defense of our colleagues worldwide, CPJ strongly urges Your Excellency to immediately launch a thorough and impartial investigation into Zongo's death. We further urge Your Excellency to ensure that those responsible for this heinous act are swiftly brought to justice.

Thank you for your attention. We welcome your comments.

Sincerely,

Ann K. Cooper
Executive Director



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