The Director-General of UNESCO today called for an investigation into the murder of radio station manager Mohammad Nasir Mudasir in Mohammad Agha District, south of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
“I condemn the murder of Mohammad Nasir Mudasir,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to trial. No society can afford to let violence silence the media and deprive people of information they need.”
Mohammad Nasir Mudasir, manager and editor-in-chief of the Paigham Meli Logar radio station, was shot by unidentified assailants on his way home from work on 15 December.
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…”