Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, today deplored the killing of Khaled Reyadh Hamad, a cameraman who was killed in the Shijaiyah neighbourhood of Gaza City on 20 July.
“I condemn the killing of Khaled Reyadh Hamad,” the Director-General said. “It is essential that all recognize the civilian status of journalists, who must be able to carry out their work keeping us informed of events on the ground. As stipulated by international agreements, journalists must be protected including when reporting from the scene,” Irina Bokova concluded.
The Director-General’s statements on the killing of media professionals are 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 id