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UN envoy condemns killing of radio journalist in Côte dIvoire

The Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Côte d’Ivoire, Albert Tevoedjre, from nearby Benin, said the reporter, Jean Helene’s death is “a disturbing statement on the state of security and basic human freedoms” in the west African country.Mr. Tevoedjre called on the Côte d’Ivoire Government to investigate the death of Mr. Helene, who worked for Radio France Internationale, and prosecute those responsible.He said it was important not only to ensure the safety of journalists as they went about their daily lives, but to protect freedom of expression as well.

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