Update on Charles Dubois and Patrice Roy

    MONTREAL, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - A day after the attack in Afghanistan,
Radio-Canada's Ottawa bureau chief Patrice Roy and his cameraman Charles
Dubois are still in Kandahar. They will be flying to Germany tomorrow.
    Charles Dubois, who was severely injured, will be treated at the
Landstuhl military hospital in Germany until he's well enough to be
repatriated to Canada. Radio-Canada has assigned a representative from its
Paris bureau to assist him. His spouse and brother will also be at his
bedside. Patrice Roy, meanwhile, will be returning home shortly. By mutual
agreement with Information management, he has decided to cut short his
assignment in Afghanistan, which was originally slated to end on September 9.


    While paying tribute to the two journalists, Radio-Canada Executive
Vice-President Sylvain Lafrance reiterated French Services' commitment to
covering the Canadian mission in Afghanistan as comprehensively as possible:
"All Radio-Canada staff have been shaken by what happened to Charles and
Patrice. These two individuals deserve our admiration and full support. As
public broadcaster, however, Radio-Canada has the mandate and moral duty to
directly report on a conflict involving our fellow citizens at this stage of
the mission."
    After taking full stock of the situation, Information General Manager
Alain Saulnier announced that Bernard Derome would be leaving tonight for
Afghanistan as planned, with cameraman Gilbert Drouin and producer Bruno
Bonamigo. He'll be spending 10 days there as a journalist to produce reports
for TV, Radio and RDI. Bernard Derome's presence in the field shows how
seriously Radio-Canada takes this story. With over 35 years covering national
and international affairs on Le téléjournal, Bernard Derome will bring a
unique perspective to Radio-Canada audiences. Under the circumstances,
Radio-Canada news management decided to postpone the announced plan to open
the September 4 and 5 editions of Le téléjournal live from Kandahar.
    In addition, Jean-François Bélanger, who was supposed to take over from
Patrice Roy after September 9, will instead be leaving in a few days to spend
at least one month in Afghanistan. Jean-François Bélanger has extensive
experience in war zones, having produced multiple reports from the Palestinian
territories and covered various bloody conflicts for over five years as an
African correspondent.
    Alain Saulnier stressed that all those who go on assignment in
Afghanistan do so on a voluntary basis and have undergone specialized training
on war-zone reporting: "Radio-Canada management and its news professionals are
fully aware of both the importance and risks of their job. Recent events have
clearly shown that it's impossible to control all the variables in these
situations. That said, all possible precautions have been taken to ensure that
our teams are well-prepared and adequately supported in the field."

For further information:

For further information: Marc Pichette, Director, Public Relations and
Promotions, Television and Information, (514) 597-4191

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