15 December 1998
Journalist found dead
(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is expressing concern further to a journalist's death.
According to RSF's information, on 13 December 1998, Norbert Zongo, chief editor of the private weekly "L'indépendant" was found dead in his vehicle, on the trail which links Sapouy to Ouagadougou. The journalist was accompanied by his brother, his chauffeur and one other person. The four bodies were charred inside the vehicle. The outside of the 4x4 was not burned. This said, the rear door was pierced with several holes which may have originated from a firearm.
Zongo, who had already received death threats, had recently published articles crticising authorities and accusing the head of state's brother of bearing some responsibility in the death of his chauffeur. The journalist was also president of the private press editors company.
Send appeals to the Justice Minister:
reminding him that the circumstances surrounding Zongo's death are suspicious and require clarification
in this context, urging him to use his influence so that an independent inquiry is launched with the goal of determining the causes of the journalist's death
asking him to keep the international community informed of developments in the case
Mr. Larba Yarga
Minister of Justice
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Please copy appeals to the source if possible.