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Johanne Sutton (December 1, 1960 in Casablanca, Morocco ‚Äď November 11, 2001 in Dasht-e Qaleh, Afghanistan) was a French radio reporter and journalist. Graduating from the √Čcole sup√©rieure de journalisme de Lille in 1990, she began working for Radio France International in 1991.[1] Sutton had covered conflicts in Kosovo, Macedonia, and the Middle East, though she specialized in investigative reporting.[1]


Sutton, along with fellow French journalist Pierre Billaud and German journalist Volker Handloik, was killed in an ambush in Dasht-e Qaleh, Takhar Province, Afghanistan on November 11, 2001.[1] The trio were travelling on a Northern Alliance armoured personnel carrier when they came under attack by Taliban troops with machine guns and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.[1] Australian journalist Paul McGeough and French journalist Véronique Reyberotte survived the attack.[1] According to Reyberotte Billaud and Sutton jumped off the tank. [1]


Former French president Jacques Chirac and former French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin praised Sutton and Billaud for their courage.[1]




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