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Journalists Killed in 1998 - Motive Confirmed: Fabien Fortuné Bitoumbo

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1999
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1998 - Motive Confirmed: Fabien Fortuné Bitoumbo, January 1999, available at: [accessed 22 January 2018]
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Radio Liberté
August 29, 1998, in Mindouli, Republic of Congo

Bitoumbo, a journalist with the station Radio Liberté and the former editor-in-chief of the privately owned newspaper La Rue Meurt, was gunned down at point-blank range by an armed group known as the Ninja militia, which was loyal to former prime minister Bernard Koleas. Bituoumbo was on assignment, accompanying Minister of Mining and Industry Michel Mampouya on a trip to Mindouli, west of Brazzaville, when the militia took the group hostage. Bitoumbo was reportedly the only hostage killed.

Medium:Print, Radio
Job:Broadcast Reporter, Editor
Beats Covered:Politics
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Paramilitary Group


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