Radio-Canada team hit by attack in Afghanistan

    MONTREAL, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian army informed Radio-Canada
management that the armoured vehicle in which our correspondent Patrice Roy
and his camera operator-editor Charles Dubois were travelling was heavily
damaged after hitting a roadside bomb west of Kandahar. We were told that
Charles Dubois had sustained a severe leg injury, while Patrice Roy was
unharmed but is suffering from nervous shock. Two Canadian soldiers and an
interpreter died in the attack.
    Charles Dubois was evacuated to a military hospital where he was treated
as a Canadian soldier injured in combat. His injuries are very serious but not
    Radio-Canada has done everything in its power to assist the families and
colleagues of our two journalists. "Today, our thoughts go out to the families
of the victims and the loved ones of our professionals who were directly
affected by these tragic events. We are fully aware of the dangers involved in
our Afghanistan coverage, but also of its critical importance for Canadians,
and we are determined to continue it," said Alain Saulnier, General Manager of
Information. "However, we would like to reassure our staff and the public
that, in cooperation with the Canadian army, Radio-Canada takes every
precaution to protect the safety of its teams in war zones."

For further information:

For further information: Marc Pichette, Directeur, Relations publiques
et promotion, Télévision et Information, (514) 597-4191

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