Director-General condemns killing of media worker Hashem Al Hamran in Yemen

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has deplored the killing of journalist Hashem Al Hamran in Yemen.

“I condemn the killing of Hashem Al Hamran,” the Director-General said. “His death highlights the imperative need to improve the security of media professionals in all circumstances. The free flow of information is important for any society. It becomes truly vital for civilians living with the hardship of conflict.”

Injured by a bomb while filming in the city of Dahyan, in Saada province, Hashem Al Hamran died from his injuries on 22 January. He had been working for Houthi-owned Al Masirah television broadcaster.

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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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…”