In a video published on May 5, journalist Olivier Dubois confirmed being held hostage in Mali by members of GSIM (the Support Group for Islam and Muslims), a terrorist organization affiliated with al-Qaeda.
French correspondent Olivier Dubois confirmed, in a video published on May 5, that he was being held hostage by members of GSIM (the Support Group for Islam and Muslims), a group of different Islamist factions affiliated with al-Qaeda. .
In his testimony, probably produced under the coercion of the terrorist group and intended to put pressure on the French government, he calls on his family and the authorities to do “everything in their power to [le] release ”.
🇫🇷 INFO ALERT – Olivier #Dubois, correspondent journalist for the weekly Le Point was kidnapped at #Gao at #Mali, April 8, 2021 by AQIM a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda. He asks the #France to do “all in his power” to free him. (Le Figaro) pic.twitter.com/XKYHHSe91E
– Mediavenir (@Mediavenir) May 5, 2021
He adds that he was kidnapped in Gao, Mali, on April 8. Based in this country, Olivier Dubois collaborates with several French media, including Point or Release, to cover current events in the country, in particular on issues related to terrorism.
In a message published on Twitter on May 5, the director general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Christophe Deloire, expressed himself in these terms: “RSF calls for the release of Olivier Dubois. We ask the Malian and French authorities to do everything possible to obtain his release and send all our support to his family and loved ones. ”
RSF calls for the release of Olivier Dubois. We ask the Malian and French authorities to do everything possible to obtain his release and send all our support to his family and loved ones.
– Christophe Deloire (@cdeloire) May 5, 2021
He also said that the organization had been informed of the hostage-taking two days after the journalist’s disappearance. “In consultation with the editorial staff who usually employ him, we have taken the decision not to make this hostage-taking public, so as not to hinder a possible rapid positive outcome,” added Christophe Deloire.