Director-General condemns killing of Indian journalist Mithilesh Pandey in Bihar

The Director-General of UNESCO today condemned the killing of online journalist Mithilesh Pandey in the Indian state of Bihar.

“I condemn the murder of Mithilesh Pandey,” the Director-General said, “and look to the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice, to preserve the right of journalists to do their work and the right of the public to be informed.”

Mithilesh Pandey, a journalist for the online newspaper Dainik Jagran, was killed at his home in the Gaya District of the state of Bihar on 24 October by unknown assailants.

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…”