El-Hadj Mohamed Diallo, a reporter for the news websites Guinée7 and Afrik was shot during a clash among members of Guinea’s major opposition party the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea, in the capital, Conakry.
“He was shot at point-blank range. I’m here next to the body at the morgue right now,” said Ibrahima Sory Traoré, publishing director of Guinée7 to Reuters.
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Vice President of the party, Oury Bah was expelled from his leadership and was refused access to the party’s headquarters. This led to a clash between Bah’s supporters and those of Cellou Dalein Diallo, the current leader.
The journalist who was covering the meeting when the fight broke out died on his way to the hospital and his employers and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) are demanding justice.
“We strongly condemn the shooting of El-Hadj Mohamed Diallo and call on Guinea’s authorities to hold those responsible to account,” said CPJ Africa Research Associate Kerry Paterson. “We welcome the government’s commitment to investigate his murder and call on it to ensure a thorough and transparent process.”
It is still unclear who shot El-Hadj, but a criminal case has been opened and investigations on account of Voluntary Homicide are ongoing.