Since the hostages in Lebanon in the 1980s, more than thirty years ago, no French journalist has been held captive for so long. Olivier Dubois is a journalist, a profession he exercises in Mali, a country where political and security tensions are vives and have only gotten worse since the day he disappeared.
Mali: Olivier Dubois, 15 months too many in the hands of the jihadists
Like many journalists, to try to make a living from his profession, Olivier Dubois works for several media. He collaborates in particular with Release, Point et Young Africa. But for eighteen months there has been silence. We don’t read it anymore. We don’t hear it anymore. And it’s no longer bearable. His children have already celebrated two birthdays without their father.
Write his name
Eighteen months of silence. Worry. Questions. We don’t know much. We know he was off to interview a chef jihadist in Gao, in the north of the country. That he has since been held hostage by JNIM, the Support Group for Islam and Muslims, affiliated with Al Qaeda.
Only two Olivier videos have reached us. The last one aired last March. Since then, nothing. Today we renew our appeal to the French authorities to intensify their efforts to obtain his release as soon as possible.
We call on journalists and the public to continue to talk about Olivier Dubois, to say and write his name, so that no one, anywhere, it is forget it