Media Workers Killed in 2011: Marcel Legré
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||20 December 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Media Workers Killed in 2011: Marcel Legré, 20 December 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f045a7a1e.html [accessed 25 May 2015]|
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February 28, 2011, in Koumassi, Ivory Coast
A mob armed with machetes dragged Legré, a printing press employee for the media group La Refondation, from his home in Koumassi and hacked him to death, according to local journalists and news reports. The assailants were believed to be supporters of Alassane Ouattara, the opposition party leader who was locked in a protracted electoral dispute at the time with incumbent Laurent Gbagbo. (Ouattara was sworn in as president in May 2011.)
Legré's affiliation with La Refondation, publisher of the daily newspaper Notre Voie, which backed Gbagbo, was the likely motive, news reports said. Koumassi, an Abidjan suburb, was home to many Ouattara supporters.
Media Support Worker: In 2003, CPJ began documenting the deaths of vital media employees such as translators, drivers, fixers, and administrative workers.