The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova today condemned an attack that killed seven employees of Tolo Television in Kabul on 20 January and left close to 30 people injured, including many media workers.
“I condemn the killing of Mohammad Jawad Hussaini, Mohammad Hussain Khaksar, Mohammad Hussain Amini, Mehri Azizi, Zainab Mirzaee, Mariam Ibrahimi, and Mohammad Ali Mohammadi,” the Director-General said.
“This heinous attack on innocent women and men working for a media company affects the whole of Afghan society. People need independent and pluralistic media for information they require to take charge of their lives. I call on the authorities to do all they can to bring those behind this heinous attack to justice and improve the safety of journalists and media workers.”
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…”