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Guineans holds march for slain RFI journalists

November 14, 2013

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Around 50 Guinean journalists marched in memory of two French radio journalists who were slain in northern Mali earlier this month.

Ghislaine Dupont, 57, a senior correspondent for Radio France Internationale, and sound technician Claude Verlon, 55, were grabbed outside the home of a Tuareg leader they had just interviewed in the town of Kidal on Nov. 4. Their bullet-riddled bodies were found a dozen kilometers outside the city. Authorities confirmed the kidnapper was a subcontractor for al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

The two were veterans of Africa. In Guinea’s capital, Dupont was remembered for her reporting on an army mutiny. Their colleagues walked from a roundabout to the French embassy. The House of the Press, which houses the journalist’s union, plans to name a room after them.

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