UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today deplored the deaths of journalist Facély Camara and media workers Molou Chérif and Sidiki Sidibé, killed whilst covering an Ebola aid mission in south-eastern Guinea.
“I condemn the killing of Facély Camara, Molou Chérif and Sidiki Sidibé,” the Director-General said. “I count on the authorities in Guinea to fully investigate the attack against the team trying to raise awareness and educate people about the Ebola virus, which resulted in the tragic deaths of eight people, including the three media workers.
“With the virus spreading as it is, the role of the media in providing populations with up to date and relevant information is more important than ever. This crime must not be left unpunished. Journalists must be able to continue their vital work.”
Facély Camara reported for Liberté FM, a private radio station in Guinea. Molou Chérif was a technician, and Sidiki Sidibé an intern at the N’Zérékoré province rural radio station. On 16 September, they were in the N’Zérékoré district accompanying a five-member team of experts informing people about the virus and how to prevent its spread. The bodies of all eight victims were found on 18 September in the village of Womé.
The Director-General issues statements on the killing of media professionals in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.