World Press Freedom Day 2012
Washington, May 3, 2012
On the occasion of the United Nations World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2012, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs honors the memory of three French press professionals killed while reporting from some of the most dangerous areas in recent world events.
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Lucas Dolega, a French-German journalist covering the unrest in Tunis, Tunisia, was killed January 17, 2011. A veteran conflict-zone photojournalist, Mr. Dolega worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008, covered the "Red Shirt Rebellion" in Thailand in 2010 and the "Jasmine Revolution" in Tunisia in 2011. Mr. Dolega was the first foreign journalist to be killed in Tunisia and in the broader Arab Spring revolutions. He was 32 years old.
Gilles Jacquier, a respected journalist whose numerous awards include the prestigious Albert-Londres Audiovisual Prize for 2003, died in Homs, Syria on January 11, 2012. His work brought him to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, where in 2002 he was wounded by sniper fire in the town of Naplouse. He was the first Western journalist to be killed in the current Syria conflict.
Rémi Ochlik began his career while still a student covering the Haitian anti-government protests in 2004. The founder of a boutique war photography agency, IP3 Press, he covered the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008, and documented the Arab Spring events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria. He was killed on February 22, 2012 while on assignment in Homs, Syria.
France wishes to pay tribute to the courage, freedom and talent of these journalists, who, despite censorship and repression, take risks to inform and alert the public of realities in the world and fight against the manipulation of information and ideas.
For more information, please see the related article on the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs commemorating the lives and work of Mssrs. Dolega, Jacquier and Ochlik. Please also see details of the event celebrating the World Press Freedom Day held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.