On Monday at noon in Angers, France, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the National Union of Journalists (SNJ), including First Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, paid their final tributes to Camille Lepage, our French colleague who was murdered while reporting in the Central African Republic a few days ago. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) also sent their condolences to her family.
"She was determined to defend the oppressed and report on a war that the media are not interested in," said the head of SNJ. "She defended the need for quality of information.”
Besides the moving testimony of Camille’s mother, the well-known French photographers, William Daniels and Frédéric Dufour, both spoke emotionally about the memory of their colleague. "An outstanding photographer and an undeniable talent," they said.
"On her behalf, but on behalf of the hundreds of journalists, men and women from different backgrounds and different cultures, who have been killed for their work as journalists journalism, we can and must do more to find ways to make the practice of journalism more secure across the globe, " wrote IFJ President Jim Boumelha in a message of support to the family.
Dozens of unions from all continents, along with many members of the IFJ, have also shown their dismay and their unwavering support to the family and friends of Camille Lepage.
View a video and some pictures of the commemoration event: http://www.courrierdelouest.fr/actualite/angers-des-centaines-de-personnes-en-hommage-a-la-journaliste-camille-lepage-19-05-2014-16
Read an article from Ouest France: http://www.ouest-france.fr/camille-lepage-une-jeune-fille-engagee-petillante-qui-savait-rire-2554577