The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of investigative journalist Soe Moe Tun in Myanmar on 13 December.
“I condemn the murder of Soe Moe Tun,” said the Director-General. “Investigative journalists like Soe Moe Tun contribute to good governance and sustainable development. I therefore welcome the authorities’ launch of an investigation into this crime and trust that those responsible for it will be brought to trial.”
Soe Moe Tun was found dead on 13 December in the city of Monywa in central Myanmar. He was a reporter for local newspaper Daily Eleven.
The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.
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