Paris, 16 August—UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today called for an investigation into the killing of Azzedine Qusad on 9 August.
“I condemn the murder of Azzedine Qusad,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and ensure that journalists are able to carry out their work in safe conditions. Freedom of expression and press freedom can provide an invaluable contribution to the efforts of Libya to build a better future for citizens after a period of conflict.”
Azzedine Qusad was a television presenter for independent broadcaster for Lybia Al-Hurra. The young journalist was sitting in his car in Benghazhi when he was shot dead by three unidentified gunmen. His killing occurred after two other journalists were subjected to violent attacks in recent days.
Qusad is remembered in the 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…”