UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today denounced the murder of Colombian radio journalist Jose Gomez Naudin, and called for a thorough investigation into his death. Gomez, 63, was shot dead in the town of Buga, in the western department of Valle del Cauca, on 29 July.
“I condemn the killing of Jose Gomez Naudin and call on the authorities to do their utmost to shed full light on this crime and to bring the perpetrators to justice” the Director-General said.
According to eyewitness reports, Gomez was gunned down by two assailants upon his arrival at Radio Guadalajara where he presented a morning talk-back programme.
He is the second journalist killed in Colombia this year and is remembered on UNESCO’s dedicated web site 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…”