This week, former Ivory Coast ruler Laurent Gbagbo was extradited
to the Hague to account for alleged human rights violations
before the International Criminal Court. Justice appears to be slower in coming
to rival fighters loyal to current President Alassane Ouattara. According to CPJ
research, Ouattara's forces have been involved in the deaths of two journalists,
most recently Gilles Tutsi Murris Dabé.
Dabé, 39, a presenter with private Radio Nostalgie, was killed by a stray bullet
around midnight on November 20, after fighters from the pro-Ouattara Republican
Forces of the Ivory Coast (known by the French acronym FRCI) opened fire at a
car at a checkpoint near the president's private residence, according to news
reports and local journalists. The fighters opened fire after the driver
refused to stop, witnesses told CPJ.