Kloueu Gonzreu

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Attacks on the Press   |   France, Liberia, Rwanda, Senegal

Attacks on the Press 2003: Ivory Coast

The brutal murder of a French journalist in the Ivory Coast in October highlighted the lack of security in the country in 2003. The killing came after the collapse of the government of national reconciliation in September, when rebels walked out and accused President Laurent Gbagbo of refusing to fully implement the peace process. Despite a peace accord signed in France in January, the country remained divided at year's end into a mainly Muslim, rebel-held north and a mostly Christian and animist government-held south, with French and West African peacekeepers sandwiched in the middle.
March 11, 2004 12:04 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Ivory Coast

Body of missing local reporter found

New York, March 20, 2003— The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) mourns the death of Kloueu Gonzreu, 51, a regional correspondent for the state-run news wire service Agence Ivoirienne de Presse.

According to several local reports, Gonzreu's body was found and identified on Wednesday, March 19, by a team from the Red Cross, where the journalist also worked in his spare time. Gonzreu's remains were discovered near Toulepleu, a town on the border with Liberia where Liberian mercenaries employed by the Ivoirian government reportedly kidnapped the journalist on January 11.
March 20, 2003 12:00 PM ET

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  |   Ivory Coast, Unconfirmed

Kloueu Gonzreu

The body of Ivoirian journalist Kloueu Gonzreu, 51, who worked for the state-owned Ivoirian Press Agency and the Red Cross, was found in March near the western town of Toulépleu, on the border of Liberia, by a team from the Red Cross. His body was found with those of his 19-year-old son and two local Red Cross volunteers.

The victims reportedly disappeared on January 11. Local journalists told CPJ at the time they believed that Gonzreu had been kidnapped and killed by Liberian mercenaries fighting for the Ivoirian government, and that his death could have been linked to his work as a journalist. The pro-government newspaper Notre Pays, in its January 30 edition, had accused him of "voicing sympathy with the rebellion."

However, the circumstances of his death remain murky, and some have also raised the possibility that he was killed in crossfire during an upsurge of fighting in early 2003 between government and rebel forces there. Because Toulépleu is remote with no government authority ruling it, no inquiry has been conducted.

January 11, 2003 4:06 PM ET

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