The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemned the killing of journalist Karun Misra, in the city of Sultanpur, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
“I condemn the murder of Karun Misra and welcome the announced holding of an investigation into this crime,” said the Director-General. “The free flow of information as provided by the media benefits every member of society and must be defended swiftly to ensure there is no impunity for such crimes.”
Misra was district bureau chief of Hindi language daily Jan Sandesh Times in Ambedkar Nagar. Unknown assailants shot him on 13 February.
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…”