The Director-General of UNESCO today called for a thorough investigation into the killing of Indian freelance journalist, Jagendra Singh, who died on 8 June in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh.
“I condemn the murder of Jagendra Singh,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to carry out a swift and thorough investigation into this crime. This is vital to ensure that journalists can work freely, without fear or interference with their reporting.”
Jagendra Singh died from severe injuries in a hospital in Lucknow, the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Singh was an investigative reporter who published his work in social media after a 15-year long career with newspapers such as Amar Ujala, Hindustan and Swatantra.
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…”