300 delegates representing the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) marched through the city streets of Angers, France, on 8 June to commemorate journalists killed in the exercise of their profession.
Delegates who participated at the IFJ World Congress laid a white rose in front of the commemorative plaque for Camille Lepage, who was killed on 12 mai 2014 in the Central African Republic (CAR). The 26-year-old journalist had been travelling near the CAR border with Cameroon when she became caught up in fighting. The circumstances of her death remain uninvestigated.
IFJ President, Jim Boumelha, said, ¨The death of a journalist such as Camille is utterly painful. It is an injustice. The killing of journalists doesn't only affect journalists, media and unions. It is a concern for society as a whole."
The IFJ has been campaigning for several years on a wide scale to denounce impunity for crimes against journalists. Only one murder out of 10 is investigated and impunity remains the highest threat to press freedom in the world. The IFJ reiterated its call on world governments to do their utmost to bring journalists’ murderers to justice.
Camille Lepage´s parents were leading the march and the mother, Maryvonne Lepage, delivered a speech in front of the commemorative plaque to pay tribute to the deceased photojournalist. Read the speech in English here.
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