UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today voiced concern over the safety of media workers in Libya following the murder of radio owner Radwan Gharyani on 1 December and the killing of journalist Saleh Hayana last month.
“I deplore the death of Radwan Gharyani and Saleh Haifyana,” the Director-General said. “I am deeply concerned about the targeting of media workers in Libya. Media pluralism and freedom of expression must be protected. I therefore urge the authorities to do all in their power to bring the culprits of attacks on the media to justice,” Ms Bokova concluded.
Radwan Gharyani, 44, was found dead in Tripoli. The owner and manager of radio Tripoli FM, which mainly broadcasts western music, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen.
Fassato news agency photographer Saleh Haifyana is reported to have been killed during a peaceful demonstration in front of the headquarters of a militia organization on 15 November alongside more than 40 civilians. Several journalists were also injured as members of the militia opened fire on demonstrators.
These killings bring to three the number of journalists murdered in Libya this year whose assassination is registered on our dedicated webpage: UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.
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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…”