Director-General condemns killing of broadcast journalist Nicolás Humberto García in El Salvador

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has denounced the killing of Nicolás Humberto García, a community radio director and journalist, in El Salvador.

“I condemn the murder of Nicolás Humberto García,” said the Director-General. “Acts of violence can never be tolerated and violence targeting journalists and media workers has a far reaching effect on society as a whole since it restricts free public expression and access to information.”

Nicolás Humberto García worked for the community radio station Expresa Voces al Aire in the town of Tacuba, in western El Salvador. He was murdered by unidentified assailants on 10 March.

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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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”