The result of a three-month investigation, our report, "From
a Fatal Fire, Many Questions in Brazzaville," calls on Congolese
authorities to consider whether arsonists may have killed Ossébi because of his
journalism. Ossébi's last article,
"Oil for a Handful of Dollars," reported alleged corruption in the government's
We've asked that the findings of a pending government investigation be made public. An initial probe into the fire appeared to have significant shortcomings.
Reacting to our report in an interview
with Agence France-Presse, government spokesman Alain Akouala stated: "We want
the Committee to Protect Journalists to come to
That comment distracts from the many critical questions that remain about the mysterious January fire at Ossébi's home and his subsequent death in a local hospital. It's worth noting that Koïchiro Matsuura, director-general of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has also urged Congolese authorities to carry out a "full inquiry" into the case.
The Congolese independent media have been cautious about
reporting on the case. Journalist we spoke to in