Journalist Orédjé Narcisse was shot and killed on October 20, 2022, in Chad’s capital N’Djamena as he was on his way to work. (Photo Credit: Leubnouji Tah Nathan)

Radio Cefod journalist Orédjé Narcisse shot dead in Chad

Dakar, October 20, 2022 – In response to news reports that journalist Orédjé Narcisse was shot and killed on Thursday in Chad’s capital N’Djamena as he was on his way to work, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

“Chadian authorities must conduct a swift and transparent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Radio Cefod journalist Orédjé Narcisse,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator, in New York. “Authorities must also ensure the safety of journalists as the country grapples with antigovernment protests.”

Orédjé worked for the privately owned Radio Cefod and was shot outside his home by individuals wearing Chadian military uniforms as he was on his way to work, according to those reports and Leubnoudji Tah Nathan, the president of the Network of Chadian Journalists and Reporters (RJRT), who spoke to CPJ by phone and cited his conversations with eyewitnesses and Radio Cefod staff. Orédjé died from the gunshot wound as he was taken to the hospital, Leubnoudji said.

The attack comes amid demonstrations in N’Djamena demanding an end to the rule of transitional President Mahamat Déby, according to those sources. CPJ could not determine if Orédjé had been covering the protest when he was shot.

Chadian journalist Evariste Djailoramdji was killed in February while covering community violence in the southern village of Sandana.

Editor’s note: Read CPJ’s updated reporting on the death of Orédjé Narcisse here.