UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today denounced the murder of French photojournalist Camille Lepage, whose body was found in the Bouar region in west Central African Republic, where she had been working.
“I condemn the killing of Camille Lepage, whose only desire was to show, through her work, the fate of marginalised populations,” said Irina Bokova. “ I call on the authorities of the Central African Republic to do everything possible to shed light on the circumstances of her death and bring the authors to justice.”
Camille Lepage, 26, was a freelance photographer who published her work in numerous media, including Libération, Le Parisien, Le Monde, Time, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Washington Post e and The Wall Street Journal. In 2012, she moved to South Sudan and had been working in Central African Republic since September 2013. According to a communique from the office of the French president, her body was found during a car search by patrol from the French Sangaris force.
Camille Lepage is remembered on on the dedicated page UNESCO Remembers Assassinated Journalists.
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