February 5, 1999

Protesting academics and students have rejected a request by Blaise Campaore, president of Burkina Faso and chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, to sit on an inquiry into the death of a leading journalist.

Instead they want a United Nations-sponsored inquiry to examine why the charred remains of Norbert Zongo, publisher of the weekly magazine l'Independent, his brother Pierre and another person were found in a car outside Ouagadougou, the capital.

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