UN condemns killing of French journalist in Central African Republic

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A man holding up a sign which says “Stop killing journalists”.

The killing of a French photojournalist in the Central African Republic has been strongly condemned by the United Nations.

The body of 26-year old Camille Lepage, was reportedly found by French peacekeepers when they searched a car in the Bouar region in west of the country where she had been working.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the head of the UN cultural agency (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said the young journalist's only desire" was to show, through her work, the fate of marginalised populations".

Earlier, the Security Council recalled its demand that all parties to an armed conflict comply with their obligations to protect civilians, including journalists.

Ms. Bokova and members of the Security Council called on the authorities in the Central African Republic to swiftly investigate the murder and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

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