Unveiling of the 2009 stele
Thursday 7th October
Reporters' Memorial - Boulevard Fabian Ware, access from rue de Verdun - 5:30 p.m. - Free access
Patrick Gomont, Mayor of Bayeux, and Jean-François Julliard, general secretary of Reporters without borders, will unveil the 2009 stele at the Reporters’ Memorial in the presence of the families and/or colleagues of:
Natalia Estemirova: Russian journalist and human rights militant, member of the “Memorial in Chechenya” NGO, who was kidnapped and assassinated on 15 July 2009.
Christian Poveda, Franco-Spanish journalist/director, assassinated in El Salvador in September 2009.
76 journalists were killed in 2009, a 26% increase on the previous year, mainly due to the massacre of 30 media professionals by the private militia of a governor in the southern Philippines. 2009 was also marked by an unprecedented wave of arrests and convictions of journalists and bloggers in Iran after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.