Journalists in Bissau demand inquiry into Saudi colleague's death

Jamal Kashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Jamal Kashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

A group of Guinean journalists spoke at the UN headquarters in Bissau about their horror over the killing of their Saudi colleague at his country's consulate in Turkey

Indira Baldé, president of the Union of Journalists and Technicians of Social Communication (Sinjotecs), who led the initiative, delivered a petition to the head of the Human Rights Department at the UN office in Bissau, Mireya Guzman, demanding a rigorous inquiry so that the perpetrators of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi are brought to justice.

The petition of the Guinean journalists also calls for the creation of protection mechanisms for professionals in all the states of the world, said the leader of Sinjotecs.

"We have to fight for human rights, for freedom of information," said Indira Baldé, noting that there is an increasingly high number of reports of attacks on the integrity of journalists "working on issues considered taboo."

The president of Sinjotecs lamented the fact that there are few cases of attacks against journalists being treated by justice.

Indira Baldé pointed out that journalists "do nothing more than contribute to a free and fair world."

Mireya Guzman, head of the Human Rights Department at the UN offices in Bissau, promised to convey the concern of Guinean journalists to the country's secretary general, José Viegas Filho.

The Turkish prosecutor's office recently stated that 59-year-old Jamal Khashoggi was strangled and later dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The journalist had gone there to get a document that would allow him to marry a Turkish citizen.

The journalist was met, at the consulate, by a group of 15 Saudi agents who traveled to the Turkish city a few hours earlier and returned to Saudi Arabia that very night.