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Murder of a French journalist in El Salvador

Murder of a French journalist in El Salvador

Published on September 3, 2009
Statement by Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, 3 September 2009

I was extremely shocked to learn last night of the murder, in a San Salvador suburb, of 54-year-old Christian Poveda, a journalist and photographer.

In these particularly painful circumstances, my thoughts go to his close friends and family.

Christian Poveda was a highly regarded journalist, a great professional who did not hesitate to take huge risks to advance the cause of freedom of information.

Our embassy in San Salvador is fully mobilized to assist Christian Poveda’s family. The circumstances of this murder must be fully elucidated. We support the efforts of the Salvadoran authorities to this end./.

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