Director-General condemns killing of cameraman Christophe Nkezabahizi in Burundi

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of television cameraman Christophe Nkezabahizi and called for an investigation into the crime, which included the killing of his wife and two children.

“I condemn this ruthless attack<s>,</s>” the Director-General said. “Such acts of violence undermine the fundamental human right of freedom of expression as well as press freedom, which is essential to democracy and rule of law. I call on the authorities to spare no effort in investigating this brutal crime and bringing its perpetrators to trial.”

The killings occurred in the capital, Bujumbura, on 13 October

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…”