The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for a thorough investigation into the killing of Lukasz Masiak, who worked as a reporter in the town of Mlawa, Poland.
“I condemn the murder of Lukasz Masiak,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into this crime. Journalists play a vital role in protecting citizens’ rights to be informed and calling those in power to account. It is imperative that the perpetrators of this killing be brought to justice”
Thirty-one-year-old Lukasz Masiak worked for the news website NaszaMlawa.pl. Masiak died as a result of a beating on 14 June in the center of Mlawa. He had been threatened repeatedly and physically attacked on several occasions within the past year.
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…”