The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the murder of Hafeez Ur Rehman, a television reporter, in Kohat, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in northwestern Pakistan.
“I condemn the killing of Hafeez Ur Rehman,” said the Director-General said. “This murder deserves the full attention of the authorities and I trust that they will spare no effort in in vestigating this case and bringing those responsible for it to trial.
Hafeez Ur Rehman, a reporter for independent network Neo TV, was killed by unidentified gunmen on 23 November in Kohat.
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…”