Journalist reportedly killed in the Central African Republic
IPI calls for an end to violence against the media
By: Naomi Hunt, Senior Press Freedom Adviser
VIENNA, Jan 11, 2013 A journalist in the Central African Republic was reportedly killed in the central town of Bambari by rebels, who have been engaged in a month-long uprising against President Francois Bozizé, reports said.
Elisabeth Blanche Olofio, who worked for Catholic community radio station Radio Be Oko, was killed when rebels stormed the station, Fides news agency reported on Jan. 8, citing Jean Ignace Manéngou, head of the Community Radio Association of Central Africa (ARC).
ARC released a statement deploring the attack and noting that community radio stations are politically neutral, Fides reported.
IPI Press Freedom Manager Barbara Trionfi said: "We are saddened by the death of Elisabeth Blanche Olofio. We call on all sides to respect the independent role that journalists play, and their right to work in safety."