Journalists Killed  |  Republic of Congo

Fabien Fortuné Bitoumbo

Radio Liberté

August 29, 1998, in Mindouli, Republic of Congo

Bitoumbo, a journalist with the station Radio Liberté and the former editor-in-chief of the privately owned newspaper La Rue Meurt, was gunned down at point-blank range by an armed group known as the Ninja militia, which was loyal to former prime minister Bernard Koleas. Bituoumbo was on assignment, accompanying Minister of Mining and Industry Michel Mampouya on a trip to Mindouli, west of Brazzaville, when the militia took the group hostage. Bitoumbo was reportedly the only hostage killed.

Medium: Print, Radio

Job: Broadcast Reporter, Editor

Beats Covered: Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Paramilitary Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: Yes

Tortured: No

Threatened: No

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