We were deeply saddened to learn of the death, on October 2, of the Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans while he was covering the liberation of Sirte from Daesh occupation, an operation conducted by forces loyal to the national unity government.
A photographer with experience working in conflict zones, particularly Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Libya, Jeroen Oerlemans was universally hailed for his talent and courage. Despite the danger, he wanted to serve as a witness and help inform international opinion.
France offers its condolences to his family and loved ones and reiterates that protecting journalists as they exercise their profession is one of our foreign policy priorities. Indeed, France originated resolution 2222 of May 27, 2015, on stepping up the protection of journalists in conflict situations. In the face of growing threats against journalists and the media, particularly in crisis situations, our diplomatic network is mobilizing its efforts in multilateral bodies and on the ground.