France Télévisions has announced the death of French journalist Stephan Villeneuve, who had reported to the issue’s special Envoy. He succumbed to his injuries after a mine explosion in Mosul in Iraq. The journalist and reporter of images, which had covered many conflicts around the world, was doing a story on the battle of Mosul for the magazine’s special Envoy, to the company #5 Bis Productions.
“The management and the teams of France Télévisions are joining in the pain of his girlfriend Sophie, his four children, his family and all his loved ones. They present their most sincere condolences, ” says the press release of the directorate of information of France Televisions sent in the night to theAgence France-Presse.
On Monday afternoon, France Télévisions and Reporters without borders had announced that three French journalists, including two working for the show’s special Envoy, had been injured in a mine explosion in the northern city of Mosul, while a journalist of the kurdish who accompanied them had been killed.
Véronique Robert and Stephan Villeneuve, who work for #5bis Productions, were preparing a report on the battle of Mosul in Iraq to the show as the special Envoy of the public channel France 2. They have been supported in the hospital of a u.s. military base. Their “fixer” iraqi Bakhtiyar Addad, who worked for several media, including France Télévisions, has been killed. The journalist, kurd, who worked for many French media, had been treated last year in France after having been wounded in the hand by a sniper during a reportage in the city of Falloujah, according to RSF.
26 journalists have died since 2014 in Iraq
The third journalist lightly injured, Samuel Forey, working for several media, including Le Figaro, Télérama and Les Inrocks. “I’m good. I am immensely sad for Bakhtiyar and my colleagues. Please do not ask me these coming days, ” he wrote on his Twitter account.
These journalists accompanied the iraqi special forces, in the battle to regain the second city of Iraq from the hands of the group islamic State (EI), where some 100,000 civilians are ” used as human shields by the jihadists, according to the UN.
Iraq is one of the most deadly for journalists. According to RSF, since 2014, the conflict in Iraq, which left 26 people dead among journalists, professional or not. Since the beginning of the battle of Mosul in October 2016, RSF has identified three journalists killed, and the fighters of the group islamic State still hold the ten journalists and employees of media, all of the Iraqis, now, nearly two years, says the organization.