Policeman “deliberately shot” Jean Hélène

first_img News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News to go further Côte d’IvoireAfrica Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Jean Hélène, Radio France International’s correspondent in Côte d’Ivoire, was shot dead on 21 October near national police headquarters in Abidjan. Ivorian state prosecutor Ange Kessy said Hélène had been “deliberately shot dead” by police Sgt. Dago Théodore. Reports October 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Policeman “deliberately shot” Jean Hélène October 29, 2020 Find out more Hélène, 48, who had been in Côte d’Ivoire for RFI for only a few months, was gunned down near police headquarters as he waited to interview government opponents who had just been released after several days in detention. Police said he was shot in the head and that the officer responsible had been questioned by his superiors. President Gbagbo, prime minister Seydou Diarra and French ambassador Gildas Le Lidec all went to the scene after the murder.center_img Organisation 23 October 2003Ivorian state prosecutor Ange Kessy said Hélène had been “deliberately shot dead” by police Sgt. Dago Théodore, who had tried to prevent him entering police headquarters. He had hit him with his Kalashnikov rifle before shooting him in the left temple. He had also disobeyed his superiors, who told him a few minutes earlier that Hélène was a journalist who must be allowed to do his job. Kessy said he had asked for help from French police in the murder enquiry, which would be completed in less than two weeks. Théodore faces 20 years in prison for the killing.________________________________________________________________22 October 2003RFI correspondent killed by policemanReporters Without Borders called today for a full enquiry into the murder of French journalist Jean Hélène, correspondent for Radio France International (RFI), who was shot dead by a policeman near national police headquarters in Abidjan on 21 October.”An independent investigation must be made, including an autopsy and the opinion of ballistic experts, to find out exactly how and why he died,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The Ivorian authorities, and especially President Laurent Gbagbo, must ensure that all the facts are revealed and that those responsible are duly punished for this crime.”Ménard noted that foreign journalists working in Côte d’Ivoire had been regularly threatened in recent years and that Hélène’s predecessor as RFI correspondent, Bruno Minas, was forced to leave the country. Since civil war broke out in September last year, the French media, especially RFI, has been accused of playing into the hands of the anti-government rebels. State-run media and privately-owned pro-government newspapers have several times accused foreign journalists by name.A Reporters Without Borders mission to Côte d’Ivoire in October last year said that the president’s office, the communications ministry and state-run media had joined sensationalist privately-owned papers in encouraging people to believe the foreign press was partly responsible for the war, thus making working conditions for foreign journalists even more dangerous. The organisation has several times urged the authorities to improve security for the international media. November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Côte d’IvoireAfrica RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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