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Protesters rename Ouagadougou avenue after slain journalist on 10th anniversary of murder

(RSF/IFEX) - On 13 December 2008, Reporters Without Borders marked the 10th anniversary of journalist Norbert Zongo's murder by organising a protest in which stickers were used to rename one of the capital's avenues after Zongo. The editor of the weekly "L'Indépendant", Zongo and three companions were murdered in the southern town of Sapouy on 13 December 1998.

In the course of a march through the streets of Ouagadougou organised by the Collective against Impunity in Burkina Faso, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard and head of information Léonard Vincent put up large stickers with the words "Avenue Norbert Zongo" in the form an Ouagadougou street-name sign.

They distributed stickers to demonstrators and urged them to affix them everywhere in the capital as a tribute to the slain journalist and his three fellow victims.

"Ten years after the multiple murders in Sapouy, the people of Burkina Faso are still in the dark although suspicion and evidence have pointed to the president's brother and the presidential guard," Reporters Without Borders said.

"Not only have the authorities done everything to prevent justice being done in this case but -compounding scandal with contempt - they have done nothing to ensure that Burkina Faso honours one of its finest sons," the press freedom organisation add. "At least that injustice has been partially redressed today."

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