She was 26 years old on May 12, 2014 when she was shot dead when she accompanied an anti-balakas convoy, a Christian militia, to cover the looting of a village. In France, a new investigating judge has been appointed, the fifth in eight years, but there is no progress. Arnaud Froger, head of the Africa Office for Reporters Without Borders, condemns “a forgotten affair”.
We not only have a feeling that things are not moving forward, but that justice has somewhat forgotten Camille Lepage because, in fact, no major investigative measures have been taken in recent years. , either in the Central African Republic or in French justice. So the difficult security context linked to the CAR or the pandemic context has recovered well, it is time eight years after the investigations necessary to manifest the truth have finally been completed. We owe Camille’s family and we owe Camille Lepage.
Arnaud Froger, Head of Africa Desk at Reporters Without Borders
RSF recalls that seven journalists have been murdered since 2013 and the beginning of the crisis in the Central African Republic. Camille Lepage, but also three Central African journalists, Elisabeth Blanche Olofio, Désiré Luc Sayenga and René Padou and three Russian journalists, Orhan Djemal, Kirill Radtchenko and Alexandre Rasstorgouïev.
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