The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of journalist Taing Try in Cambodia on 12 October and urged the authorities to ensure that those responsible are punished for their crime.
“I condemn the killing of Taing Try,” the Director-General said. “People and communities must be informed and they require information from diverse channels, so they can make important personal and professional choices. This is why the work of journalists like Taing Try is so essential and why it is so important that those responsible for his murder are brought to justice.”
Taing Try—a reporter for several local newspapers and a member of the journalist association “Khmer Bracheathibtey” (“Khmer Democracy”)—was shot dead while investigating illegal logging in the province of Kratie.
The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media professionals 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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